Anti-social tenant’s last chance

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PRISON looms for a neighbour from hell unless he accepts a final chance to turn over a new leaf, a judge has ruled.

Paul Bowden, who lives in a flat on Lowedges Crescent, Lowedges, Sheffield, admitted committing anti-social behaviour even though he was the subject of a court order which banned him from causing a nuisance, Sheffield County Court was told.

The 45-year-old has been given a final chance to mend his ways – or face up to two years behind bars and the loss of his home.

Sheffield Council and Sheffield Homes told the court Bowden was made subject of a ‘suspended possession order’ in November last year after he admitted playing loud music, shouting and swearing in his home and in the communal areas of his block.

Bowden also admitted deliberately moving bins next to a neighbour’s garden fence and that he swore and was aggressive and threatening to housing officers.

Sheffield Homes and the council requested a warrant from the court to evict Mr Bowden after receiving further complaints of nuisance behaviour.

But Bowden applied to suspend the eviction and his application was heard before Deputy District Judge Maybury.

At the hearing, Bowden admitted breaching the order by banging bins around and banging a gate in the communal yard outside the block of flats where he lives.

The judge suspended the warrant for his eviction, on condition that Bowden commits no further offensive behaviour.

He was also ordered to pay thecouncil’s costs of £2,548.70.