A former council house tenant has lost his property after being convicted of growing cannabis in his home.
Midlothian Council evicted the tenant for breaching his tenancy agreement after being convicted of drug offences.
Cain Mitchell (26) who lived at 26 Woodburn Drive, Dalkeith was found to be growing cannabis cultivation within his property.
He subsequently pled guilty and due to the nature of the drugs offences it was deemed appropriate to evict the tenant on the grounds of using the house or allowing it to be used for immoral or illegal purposes.
Commenting on the case, Councillor Owen Thompson, cabinet member for housing, said: “We take these types of offences very seriously and this eviction sends out a clear message, that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“The council’s tenancy agreement clearly outlines that tenants have a responsibility to look after their property and to behave in an acceptable manner within the community.
“Drugs are a blight on our communities and working with partners such as Police Scotland, we will take appropriate action where we see fit to rid our local areas of these problems.”