Council chiefs send out drug warning after South Shields cannabis farm tenant is thrown out of home

Wayne Parkinson was evicted by council chiefs after growing a cannabis farm in his flat.
Wayne Parkinson was evicted by council chiefs after growing a cannabis farm in his flat.

A South Shields man who turned his home into a cannabis farm has been turfed out by council chiefs.

Wayne Parkinson has been evicted from his one-bedroom flat in Vine Street after South Tyneside Council successfully secured possession of the property through the County Court.

The 37-year-old was convicted of possession of cannabis in March this year and earlier this month was convicted of possession and production of cannabis after 15 cannabis plants and drugs paraphernalia were discovered at the property.

Parkinson, who had lived in the flat since October 2015, was an introductory tenant, and was still subject to a probationary period.

A spokesman for South Tyneside Council said: “Parkinson breached the terms of his tenancy by possessing and cultivating cannabis at his flat.

“This is a good result for the council which sends out a clear message that drug misuse is completely unacceptable.

“We will not tolerate any sort of anti-social or illegal activity and will take a tough stance on anyone who breaches their tenancy conditions.”