8 January 2016

A tenant in Sheffield narrowly avoided being evicted from her council home earlier this week for anti-social behaviour. Sheffield City Council took her to court where she received a suspended possession order for the lifetime of her tenancy, which means she must improve her behaviour or will lose her home.

Westfield tenant Winifred Connors, 51, of Birchwood Grove, received the order from Sheffield County Court on Tuesday, 5 January. This followed an earlier criminal conviction of assault, relating to an incident at a neighbour’s property. Ms Connors received a six-month suspended sentence for this at Sheffield Crown Court on 21 May 2015.

As well as the order, Ms Connors was ordered to pay £349.50 in court costs.

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Housing at Sheffield City Council, said: “We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and will always use the legal powers available to put a stop to it.

“Everyone has the right to live peacefully and it’s not fair that a small minority can ruin things for others.

“It’s really important that people report problems to us as we can only act on them when we know they’re happening. So I’d urge anyone having problems to 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.