No house deal for drugs man

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The Independent Online
A JAILED drugs dealer yesterday lost his bid to buy the council house he had used as a base to sell heroin.

The House of Lords ruled that Bristol City Council had the right to proceed with a possession order against Richard Lovell. The landmark ruling will effectively stop Lovell buying the council house from his jail cell, where he is serving a five-and-a-half-year sentence after admitting conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine from the property.

The ruling closes a four-year legal battle over the house on the Southmead estate in Bristol.