Wednesday 28 September 2016

Man jailed for failing to keep his house tidy

Brian Farmer

Published 13/05/2016 | 18:22

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A man has been sent to jail after failing to keep his home tidy.

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David Armstrong had failed to ensure his home at Stoneyford Court, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was free from an "excessive accumulation of belongings or rubbish that could cause a health and safety or fire risk", a civil court heard.

Judge David Potts said Mr Armstrong had admitted breaching an order imposed by another judge last year.

The judge said Mr Armstrong had also admitted breaching an order barring him from having visitors in the early hours.

He imposed a 28-day jail term.

The judge analysed the case at Mansfield County Court on Friday after a local council took legal action.

Ashfield District Council said Mr Armstrong had breached an injunction imposed in November which ordered him to ensure that "the property is maintained in a clean and tidy condition free from excessive accumulation of belongings or rubbish that could cause a health and safety or fire risk" and barred visitors between 2130 and 1000.

Detail of the case has emerged in a written ruling published by the judge.

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