East Lothian Council evicts convicted drug dealer

east lothian councilEast Lothian Council has evicted a tenant for breaching his tenancy agreement after being convicted of being in possession, and supplying drugs at his property in Hardgate, Haddington.

The tenant was convicted for ‘being concerned with the supply of drugs’ in 2014 resulting in a five month custodial sentence. Following his conviction East Lothian Council applied for an eviction order.

East Lothian Council leader, Willie Innes, said: “The council has very robust procedures in place to support our communities and to tackle the misery caused by drug misuse. The council’s tenancy agreement clearly outlines that tenants have a responsibility to look after their property and to behave in an acceptable manner within the community.

“Using or allowing a property to be used for illegal purposes such as drug dealing is an immediate breach of that agreement. Drug abuse and related activities are a source of concern to communities and I am grateful to individuals who helped both the Safer Communities team and the Police to gather the evidence required to secure this eviction.”

Meanwhile an interim Antisocial Behaviour Order (interim ASBO) has been granted against a Musselburgh tenant following an application to the court by the council.

Complaints about the tenant’s behaviour in and around her property in Musselburgh date back to February 2010. The court was presented with details of the alleged antisocial behaviour of the tenant which included playing loud music, being threatening and abusive to neighbours and holding noisy parties at her property.

The terms of the interim ASBO prohibits the tenant from behaving in a way that causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress to others. This includes being abusive or threatening to neighbouring residents, playing music excessively loud or holding excessively noisy parties or social gatherings at her home.

East Lothian Council’s Safer Communities team worked closely with Police Scotland to compile the dossier of evidence that was used in court.

A council spokesperson said: “We take such complaints extremely seriously and will not hesitate to pursue legal action to ensure local residents are not subjected to behaviour that can cause alarm and distress.”


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