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Peace at last after rapping prince evicted

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal, Local Government

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A rapping tenant known as Prince of Peace has been evicted for disturbing his neighbours.

Sheffield Council's ALMO Sheffield Homes applied for a Suspended Possession Order (SPO) against the resident last year after he played excessively loud music, sang and rapped along to a keyboard at his flat on Harrowden Road, Heeley.

Prince of Peace, real name Gervis Smith, was ordered by the SPO to stop bothering his neighbours with loud music. The rapper was visited frequently by the council's night time noise service and, though not aggressive, failed to comply with requests to turn his music down. He was also in breach of his rent payments.

In January, the singing tenant drove his car over a footpath and down banking behind his property, where he parked it in the back garden. He was warned this was a breach of tenancy but failed to move it.

In July, there were further complaints of loud music coming from the Prince of Peace residence. In August, a police raid at the 34-year-old's home uncovered approximately 21 cannabis plants and equipment used to cultivate the drug.

An eviction warrant enforcing the possession order was executed on 25 October, and after making no application to suspend the eviction warrant, Prince of Peace was successfully evicted from his flat on 31 October.

Councillor Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “This tenant has proven that he cannot or will not agree to the terms of his possession order and we will not tolerate any kind of criminal activity taking place in our properties. He did not heed the many warnings he was given and now must suffer the consequences, which in this case is losing his home.”

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