A ROGUE landlord who instructed fake bailiffs to evict a family has been fined £5,000.

The London-based landlord, whose identity has not been made public, arranged for four men from Liverpool to pose as bailiffs and gave them fake repossession orders.

A council report said: “This was to carry out the eviction of the family from a rented property in the North East ward in Barnsley.

“Following an investigation, the landlord was prosecuted and the tenants were reinstated at the property.

“Another prosecution is pending for an illegal eviction in Goldthorpe where a landlord boarded a property up while the tenants were out.”