15 April 2016

A Sheffield man who attempted to blow up his block of flats by sawing through a gas pipe has been evicted from his council home.

Stephen Burkinshaw, aged 58, used a hacksaw to cut through a pipe in his maisonette flat on Wharncliffe Avenue in Sheffield last June because he said he was annoyed at the noise his neighbours were making.

Gas leaked from the property for a day before Burkinshaw’s meter ran out but no-one was harmed in the incident. In October last year, Burkinshaw pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

Sheffield City Council has now evicted Burkinshaw, still serving time in prison, from the property.

Janet Sharpe, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods Service from Sheffield City Council, said: “Mr Burkinshaw’s acts were dangerous and life-threatening. We will not tolerate such acts and have taken steps to evict him.

“We had not been contacted by Mr Burkinshaw before this but wish he had come to us if he was experiencing problems.

“Anyone wishing to report anti-social behaviour should contact us on 0114 273 4567.”

Burkinshaw was evicted from his property following a hearing at Sheffield County Court on 15 April 2016. He was also ordered to pay £1,264.90 in court costs.