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Council Tenant evicted following conviction for a firearms offence

Wednesday 26 June

 

An Ashfield District Council tenant has been evicted following a prosecution for drugs and firearms offences.

Steven Binch formerly of 97 Glenside, Kirkby appeared in Nottingham Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, diamorphine, cannabis and possession of ammunition for a firearm.

Dealt with by the Anti-Social Behaviour and Nuisance Team, Binch had previously been served a Notice of Seeking Possession for rent arrears. The notice had been suspended, with the condition that Mr Binch paid his rent arrears.

Due to the serious nature of his offences a request was submitted to vary the suspended possession to a full possession order, which was granted by the court.  

Cllr Daniel Williamson, Cabinet member for Community Safety said “Residents in the area were concerned that someone in the locality was found with class A and B drugs, as well as ammunition for a shot gun.

 “This put Steven Binch in breach of his tenancy. The decision to request a full possession order means we have been able to evict him and make the property available for new tenants.

“We take breaches of tenancy seriously and will not tolerate tenants committing crimes at our properties. I have been working closely with Cllr Andy Meakin on crime and anti-social behaviour issues around Coxmoor and this remains a priority.”