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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Eviction warning over garden mess
People with messy gardens in Barnsley could be evicted from their homes if they fail to clean them up.

Berneslai Homes, which manages council estates in the town, said it was compiling a list of the 100 worst gardens in their areas.

Those whose gardens are overgrown, covered in litter or graffiti could face legal action or eviction.

Bosses said the exercise had proved successful last year with an improvement in 91% of gardens listed.

Director of housing management, Mark McGee, said: "People need to have respect for their neighbourhoods and it only takes a few overgrown gardens, a bit of graffiti and litter to slowly lead down the path of crime and anti-social behaviour."

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