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Man who has lived in the same Gateshead council house for 66 years given 28 days to leave or clean up

A Gateshead man faces eviction from his home of more than 60 years after a county court judge heard allegations of mess and ‘dangerous’ items on the property. Ken May faced Gateshead Council in County Court on Wednesday, the culmination of a months-long dispute over the state of his dwelling. The 67-year-old, who moved in to the address in Standfield Gardens, Wardley, in 1955, claimed that he made improvements to the property, but that limited access to electricity and no hot water had slowed down his progress.