10 February 2016

A council tenant narrowly missed being evicted after a former partner stored stolen goods and drugs in her home.

Lynn Lockwood, aged 55, of Blackstock Road in Gleadless Valley, was given a two-year suspended possession order at Sheffield County Court on Friday, 5 February. This means she must stick to her tenancy conditions – which ban any criminal activity – or face eviction.

The court heard how Mrs Lockwood’s property had been raided by South Yorkshire Police on several occasions when her former-partner, Stephen Haywood, was living there. Haywood, aged 59, was convicted of handling stolen goods and possession of amphetamines and cannabis on 11 May, 2015 at Sheffield Crown Court. The goods and drugs were found at Mrs Lockwood’s property, which Haywood is now banned from under the conditions of her order, and in a separate undertaking which Haywood agreed at court.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “Everyone has the right to live alongside law abiding people and we will not tolerate criminal activity. As this case shows, there can be serious consequences for people who use our council housing for illegal activities.

“We can and do take action to prevent criminal and anti-social behaviour. But we can only do this if we know it’s happening. If anyone is having any problems or needs to report issues then please get in touch.”

To report anti-social behaviour to Sheffield City Council please call 0114 293 0000 for issues in North Sheffield or 0114 205 3333 for issues in South Sheffield. Reports can also be made at your local housing office, or to the police on 101. Reports can be made anonymously.