Council tenant evicted after years of drug abuse

By on 12/09/2014 in Cllr McKay, News

Birmingham County Court has today (September 12) granted an outright Possession Order evicting Ramone Das (21) from his council owned property on Simmons Drive, Quinton.

Mr Das was previously issued with an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction on February 28 this year, after he failed to appear at Birmingham County Court. He was alleged to have been involved in perpetrating domestic abuse as well as intimidating behaviour and with others he frequently used illegal drugs in his flat. The aroma of cannabis caused nuisance and annoyance to other residents. He was further alleged to have driven his vehicle at excessive speed along Simmons Drive, thereby causing nuisance and potential danger to others. Mr Das was also linked to drug related activity with others across the Quinton and Bartley Green areas of the city.

Several visits to his tenancy by housing officers confirmed that illegal drugs were being used at the property by Mr Das and his associates. He was warned several times about this behaviour but chose to ignore those warnings. Birmingham City Council had no alternative but to seek possession of the property.

West Midlands Police were inundated with numerous complaints about Mr Das and his anti-social behaviour at the property and in the general locality. The Quinton Police Team worked along city council housing officers and they were able to gather substantial evidence and information to support the successful application for the Injunction and the Possession Order.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member Social Cohesion, Equalities and Community Safety, said: “I praise the commitment of staff from both Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police and local residents for taking a stand in this case. We will seek Possession Orders against any of our tenants who breach their tenancy conditions in this way to ensure our communities remain safe places to live.”

Sergeant Jeff Doak, from the Quinton Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “As this eviction shows, those who think they are above the law and commit crimes and cause anti-social behaviour can think again.

“As well as a criminal record, troublemakers run the very real risk of losing not just their freedom through a stint behind bars, but also their home.

“Having compiled a damning dossier of evidence made up of complaints from local people and police reports, we were able to secure Das’s eviction and restore normality to the road.

“We can’t always solve problems immediately but with the help of other organisations and with the backing of law-abiding local people, we can truly make a difference.”

Possession orders are being sought for other Council properties across the city where tenants have breached their conditions of tenancy and been involved in criminal activity or have allowed others to commit criminal activity including domestic abuse.

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

1. For more media information, please contact Natasha Bhandal on 0121 303 8727 or Kris Kowaleski on 0121 303 3621.

2. Birmingham Community Safety Partnership is a joint partnership between Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies that work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour that affects our communities.

3. Crimestoppers is a national charity that provides secure means for people to get information to the police, anonymously and without fear of retribution, making their families and communities safer.

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