Police found Sunderland woman twice breached court order limiting who is allowed in her home

A once noisy neighbour was caught with cannabis at her overly crowded house.

Sunday, 30th May 2021, 4:55 am

Paige Allsopp, 25, admitted the drug was hers when police called at her then home in Lumley Close, Oxclose, Washington.

They were there on Tuesday, January 19, to check she was not raising the roof by having more than two non-family members present.

She is limited to entertaining just a couple of friends under the terms of a court-imposed Community Protection Order (CPO).

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The case was heard at South Tyneside Law Courts. Picture by FRANK REID.

The indefinite order was handed to her in January 2020 for noise-related matters, magistrates in South Tyneside heard.

As well as being found with drugs, four people who were not all family were also present – and she was charged with breaching the CPO.

She also allowed up to seven people into the house on Sunday, December 27, and was again caught out by police.

Allsopp, now of Brunswick Road, Town End Farm, Sunderland, admitted drug possession and two breaches of the CPO.

Prosecutor Clare Irving said: “At 12.40am on December 27 officers attended and four people were leaving.

“A male said there had been other people present. In all, seven people had been at the property.

“On January 19, officers attended and spoke to Ms Allsopp, there were four people in the property, putting her in breach of the CPO.

“There was a strong smell of cannabis and the officers spoke to her about it.

“An officer saw green foliage, a cannabis joint and a foliage grinder on a chest of drawers. She was arrested.”

The court heard Allsopp’s previous convictions including affray, theft from shop and criminal damage.

Sandra Fife, defending, described the CPO as “draconian” and added: “For the December offence, the police come to the door and people are leaving.

“For the second breach, her sister has allowed the police in and once they are in, they are allowed to look around.

“The police smell cannabis. On the body worn footage she says the cannabis is hers, that’s all it amounts to.”

Magistrates issued Allsopp with a £100 fixed penalty for each of the two CPO breaches, made up of an £81 fine, £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

She was given a 12-month conditional discharge for cannabis possession.

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