ASBO for noisy neighbourBy Victoria Corbett
September 18, 2009
A noisy neighbour in Finchampstead has been told she must change her anti-social ways or face jail.
Lorraine Bennett, 27, of Dart Close, has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) following numerous complaints from other residents about her noisy parties, shouting and swearing.
Wokingham Borough Council’s tenant services and police worked together to secure the order, which was granted at East Berkshire Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, September 1.
Residents have made frequent complaints about Ms Bennett since last summer and, between July 22 and December 11 last year, incidents were reported on more than 60 separate days while Ms Bennett was temporarily living in neighbouring Orbit Close.
The ASBO states Bennett must not:
- Engage in conduct which causes, or is likely to cause, alarm, distress or harassment to any person in Wokingham borough;
- Assault or threaten any person with violence and/or be verbally abusive or offensive toward any person within Wokingham borough;
- Cause a nuisance by shouting, swearing, fighting, playing loud music, singing, banging, slamming doors or otherwise do anything likely to disturb others anywhere in Wokingham borough;
- Play music (except by using headphones) inside 4 Dart Close (or any future property in which she resides in the Wokingham borough) between the hours of 11pm and 7am;
- Be in possession of an open container that has alcoholic beverage in it in any public place, including her front garden, in the Wokingham borough, save for licensed premises;
- Have more than two people, excluding herself, inside 4 Dart Close (or any future property in Wokingham). People does not include any medical professionals, emergency services, council employees or contractors, or Ms Bennett’s children;
- Allow an person to visit 4 Dart Close for using, buying, selling or producing drugs;
- Use or allow any paraphernalia or illegal drugs to be present in 4 Dart Close.
The ASBO will be in force until August 31, 2011 and if Ms Bennett breaches it she faces arrest, prosecution and a possible five-year prison sentence.
PC Naomi Jolliffe, anti-social behaviour co-ordinator for Wokingham, said: “Anti-social behaviour at this level cannot be tolerated.
“I hope Ms Bennett’s ASBO will sent out a reassuring message to the community.
“This ASBO means that if she commits any breaches of the conditions she will be dealt with robustly.”
Simon Price, head of tenant services, said: “We would like to thank those tenants and residents who have worked with tenant services and the police to bring this matter to court.
“The council does not take action like this lightly, but we must protect the tenants and residents of Wokingham borough against unacceptable anti-social behaviour and we felt a court order was the best way to achieve that on this occasion.
“We have worked with Ms Bennett to try to resolve this but there have been problems even after the interim ASBO was issued and so, in the interests of other residents’ safety and quality of life, we felt there was no choice but to secure this order.”
Any members of the public who see Ms Bennett breaching her conditions can call police on 0845 8 505 505 or the council’s anti-social behaviour co-ordinator on (0118) 974 3798.