Sheffield cannabis grower to be evicted from social home
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
Tip off leads police to cannabis factory
A Sheffield social tenant who cultivated cannabis on his property is to be turfed from his home.
A police raid on Philip Mattimore's house revealed a cannabis growing enterprise with a street value of £11,760.
Mattimore, 32, of Emerson Crescent, Parson Cross, had been in the Sheffield Homes property for four years.
The police raid discovered that Mr Mattimore was cultivating cannabis in the home's bedroom, whilst he appeared to be sleeping in the lounge.
Eight medium-sized plants were found growing in black plant baths, along with four lamps wired to a timer.
A hole had been cut in the ceiling so a fan could pipe air into the loft.
The walls, which were covered in white plastic sheeting to maximise reflection from the lamps, were smeared in mould caused by the humidity.
Mattimore had boarded up the bedroom's window from the inside and filled the bathroom with numerous containers of plant food.
The drug producer was convicted of production of a Class B drug at Sheffield Crown Court in September last year. He received a custodial eight-month sentence but was released early on a tag on November 23.
Sheffield Homes - Sheffield City Council's ALMO - took possession proceedings against Mattimore on November 12.
Mattimore appeared before District Judge Mort on February 8 who made an immediate possession order and also ordered that he pay the council's legal costs of £301.75.
Cllr Harry Harpham, Cabinet Member for Homes and Regeneration, said: “Mr Mattimore has proven that he cannot or will not agree to the tenancy conditions that spell out what tenants can expect from us and what we expect from them.”
“We will not tolerate any kind of antisocial behaviour taking place in our properties and Mr Mattimore is now paying the highest price by losing his home.”
Bailiffs will now set an appointment to evict Mr Mattimore.