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ASB couple evicted from their home for growing cannabis

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Published by Katie for Cross Keys Homes in Housing and also in Communities

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A HARSH warning is being sent to nuisance neighbours following the eviction of a married couple from a local housing association for anti-social behaviour.

Cross Keys Homes successfully gained an eviction order against Peter Betts (69) and his wife, Marlene Betts (59), from their home in Fengate, for growing cannabis after police searched their property and found two of their bedrooms were being used to cultivate the illegal drug which had a high street value of several thousands of pounds.

The couple denied any knowledge with their daughter admitting blame for the cultivation. However, evidence from the police, including the smell from the property and the heat upstairs, was used at court to demonstrate that it was extremely unlikely the couple did not know what was happening.

Cross Keys Homes’ Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, Gemma Wood, said:

“Not only did Mr and Mrs Betts allow their home to be used for an illegal and immoral purpose; the use of such high voltage lamps in residential premises is an extreme fire risk and puts the lives of others at risk and all for their own personal gain.”

Gemma added: “Thanks must go to the police for their swift action in contacting us to enable us to gather evidence and deal with this immediately, and also for their attendance at court.

“We will continue to work with the police and given the seriousness of these sorts of cases, anyone who chooses to abuse the privilege of being offered one of our homes by using it as a cannabis factory can expect us to seek possession back.” 

Mr and Mrs Betts showed no remorse at what was a serious breach of their tenancy agreement. They were evicted from their home last week by the court bailiff.

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your neighbourhood and are a tenant of Cross Keys Homes then call its Anti-Social Behaviour team on: 01733 386404 or text: ASB followed by the details of the problem to: 60066. This is a free service which tenants can use to text any anti-social behaviour problems to Cross Keys Homes whenever and wherever they occur.

For further information on Cross Keys Homes, visit: www.crosskeyshomes.co.uk

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