Council tenant at risk of losing home after raid

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A COUNCIL tenant whose Sheffield home was raided by police in a drugs bust has been told she is on ‘very thin ice indeed’.

Joanne Edwards, aged 41 of Oxford Street, Upperthorpe, appeared at Sheffield County Court after the city council applied for repossession of her home for breaching the terms of her tenancy.

The court was told her partner was jailed for 42 months after the police raid.

He was convicted of possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply, supplying a controlled drug and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Edwards accepted her partner had been convicted of the offences but denied any knowledge he had been involved with illegal drugs.

District Judge David Kirkham granted a possession order but suspended it for three years,.

The judge warned Edwards to comply with all her conditions of tenancy, including responsibility for those living at her address, as well as any anti-social behaviour or criminal activity committed by them at or near her home.

Dean Butterworth, assistant director of customer services for Sheffield Homes, which manages the city’s council housing, warned Edwards and other tenants they will take action against them if they breach the terms of their agreements.

He said: “We will not hesitate to take action, which could ultimately lead to an eviction, if there is any further breach of Ms Edwards’ tenancy agreement over the next three years by herself or others at the address.”

Edwards was also ordered to pay the council’s court costs of £4,215.