Nuisance tenant evicted: Winchester City Council and Hampshire Police work together to fight anti-social behaviour

Press Release: 02/07/2013

A tenant who failed to comply with an order banning illegal drugs from his home has been evicted.

Neil Munkley, formerly of 47 Trussell Crescent, Winchester, was evicted by Winchester City Council after a Police warrant at the address where class A drugs were found on the premises.

Winchester City Council was granted a Suspended Possession Order in May last year stating that the defendant, Mr Munkley, must not allow or permit any visitors to his property to have at the property or take any Class A, B or C drugs or to cause any nuisance or annoyance to neighbours.

However in March 2013 Hampshire Police executed a warrant at the address and on searching the premises a large quantity of drugs were found, namely crack cocaine and heroin which are both class A controlled substances. Both Mr Munkley and a visitor to his property were arrested and Mr Munkley’s visitor was later convicted of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to supply.

Housing Services subsequently began possession proceedings and the eviction took place on 2 July 2013.

Richard Botham, the City Council’s Chief Housing Officer, said:

The Council is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and takes a firm stance on the supply, use and misuse of drugs. This action would not have been possible without support from the local community and Hampshire Police. By working together, we were able to take firm action and ensure that the matter was fully dealt with. Our residents have a right to feel safe in their homes and the City Council will work tirelessly to safeguard that right.