Sheffield Homes tenant jailed for breaching order

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A SHEFFIELD Homes tenant who breached a court order by going to an area of the city he was banned from has been locked up for three months.

Philip Proverbs, aged 38, ignored the injunction which banned him from going to his mother’s address on Hucklow Road, Firth Park.

He was arrested by police after he tried to get into his mother’s flat at 5.20am on Sunday, November 11.

Sheffield County Court heard Proverbs was aggressive and resisted arrest when police turned up to deal with him.

He told officers that even though he was banned from the area, he would go back to the address when he was released and even added: “I’m going back all the time.”

The court heard Proverbs had originally lived at his mother’s home – which was in an apartment block for the over-40s.

But he had been banned from the area after he made an unacceptable amount of noise, used offensive language towards residents and threatened a neighbour and her daughter in an incident which took place earlier this year.

He also threatened Sheffield Homes housing officers.

Proverbs was given a supervision order, 60 hours of unpaid work and a restraining order after he admitted a public order offence in the magistrates’ court.

During the court hearing on September 18, Sheffield Homes’ solicitor applied for an anti-social behaviour injunction and asked the district judge to also grant a power of arrest.

It meant the police could arrest Proverbs on the spot if he was caught breaching the terms of his injunction.

The order banned him from going to the area around Hucklow Road, including his mother’s flat, and causing anti-social behaviour towards the residents of Hucklow Road.

Sentencing Proverbs to 12 weeks imprisonment, Judge Robert Moore said: “It’s clear to me that you regard this injunction as a piece of paper that means nothing to you, and which you will breach again and again.”

Speaking after the hearing at Sheffield County Court, Coun Harry Harpham, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for homes and regeneration said: “This sends out a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and all proven breaches of tenancy agreements will be enforced.

He added: “We take our responsibilities in this area very seriously and we aim to ensure that all of our tenants feel secure in their homes.”