Drug tenants facing eviction

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TWO council house tenants in Sheffield could face eviction after police caught them growing cannabis.

Darryll Rigden, of Emerson Crescent, Longley, was found with four large cannabis plants and 28 cannabis seedlings in his home in June.

He was convicted of the production of Class B drugs in August and Sheffield Council has been granted a possession order for the property.

The judge who decided whether to grant the possession order agreed that the tenancy agreement had been breached, granted the order and awarded Sheffield Council its legal costs.

Mahmood Kadir, of Brightmore Drive, Netherthorpe, was caught growing cannabis in a police raid in August, when officers found four mature cannabis plants and 12 smaller plants.

Police gave him a caution and Sheffield Council has again been granted a possession order for the property, but suspended, providing Kadir does not carry out any further illegal activities.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for homes and regeneration, said: “We act swiftly and decisively when criminal activity is discovered in any of our properties.

“The ultimate price a tenant can pay for behaviour like this is eviction.”