Council awarded possession of property from anti-social tenant

2 December 2022

Thurrock Council has regained possession of a council property linked to a tenant who is serving a 28-month prison sentence for supplying Class A and Class B drugs.

On Thursday 12 May 2022, Mr Jean Claude Wembo, from South Ockendon, was sentenced to 28 months after being convicted in supplying Class A and Class B controlled drugs, including cocaine and cannabis, and possession of Class B drugs (cannabis).

Basildon County Court awarded the council possession of the council home in South Ockendon on Friday 25 November 2022. Mr Wembo was ordered to pay £4,167 in outstanding rent arrears and an additional £481.75 in court costs at the hearing.

Cllr Luke Spillman, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "Council housing is a valuable resource for our residents who should have access to good quality housing in a safe community.

"Thanks to our partnership work with Essex Police's Operation Raptor team, who found drugs at the property after being issued a warrant, we were able to bring forward enough evidence required to start proceedings to regain possession of this council home. I'm pleased that this property is being returned to the council, who can use this to provide a much-needed home to someone who needs it."

The council deals with anti-social behaviour where the person causing the problem is a council tenant or it affects a council tenant. Go to or contact the Housing Anti-Social Behaviour team directly on to report an issue.