Homeowner drops appeal against court convictions

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A MAN who was fined thousands of pounds for failing to repair run-down houses in Sunderland has dropped an appeal against the conviction.

Sunderland City Council took legal action against the owner of two properties in Villette Path, Hendon, earlier this year.

The authority said John Clark, of Ashbrooke Range, had refused to carry out urgent repairs or demolish them, after they served improvement notices telling him to bring the houses up to scratch.

The council first served legal notices on Clark in 2012. He was fined £300 in May last year after he failed to carry out the required works to the properties.

Then in January, the Echo reported how Clark was then convicted in his absence of similar offences, and fined £12,550, at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court.

He lodged an appeal with Newcastle Crown Court, but withdrew it shortly before the hearing was due to take place this month.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “In these circumstances, Mr Clark has been urged to comply with the outstanding notices as a matter of urgency, in order to avoid possible further action.”