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Tuesday, 02 February 2016 (3074598)
Man evicted from home for possessing cannabis
by Henry James

A 35-YEAR-OLD man has been evicted from his home in Skelmersdale after police found cannabis when carrying out a warrant at the property.

At Chorley Magistrates Court on February 26, last year, Neil Lynch was handed a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to possession of cannabis.

After the court case West Lancashire Borough Council evicted Mr Lynch from his two-bedroom maisonette on Evington, Tanhouse, as he had breached his tenancy agreement by carrying out criminal activities in his home.

At a hearing at Wigan County Court District Judge Mornington granted possession of the property to the Council. A money order to pay back rent arrears of £710.90 (plus £11.97 per day until the property was vacated) was also granted against Mr Lynch at the hearing.

The council pursues all available measures against tenants who breach the terms of their tenancy agreement as well as leaving a property owing rent.

The eviction was formally carried out on Tuesday, January 12. Mr Lynch was not at the maisonette when council officers went to take control of the property, and he had left the property in a very poor state with a lot of rubbish lying around. The council will send Mr Lynch a £900 bill for works that need to be carried out before the property can be re-let.

Councillor Jenny Patterson, portfolio holder for housing, said: “This case sends out a strong message that the council won’t tolerate criminal behaviour of this type. Mr Lynch was also in arrears with his rent and tenants must realise that if they don’t abide by the law or keep to their tenancy agreement they could lose their home.”

Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for community safety, said: “Being in possession of cannabis is a crime and the council works very closely with the police to crack down on such activities and keep West Lancashire safe. My thanks go to all those involved.”


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