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Seagull slayer Sam Meadows evicted from Gloucester home for shooting birds with air gun

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 21, 2014

Seagull slayer Sam Meadows evicted from Gloucester home for shooting birds with air gun

Fountain Square in Gloucester

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Samuel Meadows has been evicted from his home in Fountain Square, Westgate, after only 11 months because of his persistent antisocial behaviour.

Meadows, 19, had been shooting an air gun from the fifth floor balcony of his property into the estate grounds.

Despite receiving various warnings and having two guns seized by police, Meadows failed to change his behaviour and continued to put his fellow residents at risk of harm.

Gloucester City Homes received a number of complaints about how Mr Meadows had cracked windows causing damage to council property.

After a number a dead seagulls were found near his property, robust action was taken against Meadows, resulting in a possession order granted by Gloucester County Court on 24th October 2013.

Sara Hendry, antisocial behaviour manager for Gloucester City Homes, said: “All new tenants sign an introductory tenancy as a one-year trial council tenancy. As long as tenants don't breach their tenancy agreement while they are an introductory tenant, they automatically become a secure tenant after the initial trial.

"Eviction is not something we take lightly and only take steps like this when tenants seriously breach their tenancy and/or continue to persistently do so. Mr Meadows ignored our requests to desist from breaching his tenancy and causing distress to residents living in the locality and he lost his home as a result.”

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  • forester_girl  |  January 22 2014, 7:52PM

    Can he come here? Sick of seagulls everywhere spreading their diseases. Worse than rats they are! He's doing better than all the failed council schemes of culling them by the sounds of it!

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  • Halo123  |  January 22 2014, 8:40AM

    @honslknjklyt please do not tar us all with the same brush. Anyone can be council tenants or housing association tenants, be it unemployed, disabled or full time employed. I have just secured a council property after being on a waiting list for 8 years. During that time I too had to rent privately. Anyone can apply for social housing if they so wish.

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  • Richardburton  |  January 21 2014, 7:23PM

    People like this make me sick there is a shortage of decent housing at a decent cost and yet this pratt was given a nice place near town and he does this! This is what happens when young people are given things rather than earned. Hope the next person realises how lucky they are!

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  • Apothegm_  |  January 21 2014, 6:14PM

    Different spammer, different numbers, same rubbish.

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  • Apothegm_  |  January 21 2014, 4:04PM

    Dear Spammer If you do the math (no, they can't spell 'maths', can they!) your friend's half-sister would have to work about nine hours per day, every day, to make over *18k a month. That is 'just a few hours'? AND TIG, WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE REPORT FUNCTION, WHICH NO LONGER WORKS?

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  • honslknjklyt  |  January 21 2014, 3:11PM

    Isn't it a pity private tenants who pay much higher rents can be afforded the same rights of secure tenancy. It is a sad fact of life that scum of society seem to benefit the most and have little regard for their fellow man or creatures. No pictures of him unfortunately? When rubbish like this become beggars on the streets, people will coo coo over him and his poor circumstances, give him money, clothes and such. From rubbish to victim - all of his own doing.

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