Great Places evicts grandparents after drugs and Taser gun found

21 February 2012 Last updated at 14:54

  • Great Places evicts grandparents after drugs and Taser gun found

Great Places Housing Group has evicted a grandfather and grandmother from their home after they allowed drugs and a Taser gun to be stashed at the property.

The tough action comes after months of hard work by the anti-social behaviour team at Great Places, working in partnership with South Yorkshire Police.

The 62-year-old grandfather and his wife, 58, were ordered to leave the house after a judge at Sheffield County Court granted the housing association an immediate possession order, which only happens in rare cases.

Police executed four search warrants from February 2009 to March 2011 when the offending items were found.

Great Places Housing Group, which manages around 1,800 homes in Sheffield, took tough action after months of liaising with the family to try and rectify the situation.

Despite repeated warnings given to the couple that they were in breach of their tenancy agreement, the situation did not improve so Great Places decided to evict them.

A judge granted an immediate possession order, which meant the tenants had to leave their Wybourn home.

Inspector Paul Ferguson from South Yorkshire Police said: “The Manor Safer Neighbourhood Team of police officers and PCSOs have worked with Great Places to achieve this significant result. By working together, the housing provider and South Yorkshire Police have been able to take the strongest action against the family in order to protect the wider public from the harm they caused.
 
“This achievement will send out a strong message to the Wybourn community and beyond – criminal and antisocial behaviour, whether on the streets or in the home, will be pursued relentlessly to ensure our neighbourhoods are safe."
 
During the hearing Judge Kirkham said that Great Places had taken serious steps to resolve the breaches but had a duty to other tenants and agreed with the action taken.