Behaviour warnings for women
PUBLISHED: 10:43 23 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 06 May 2010
TWO women who made their neighbours lives hell appeared in court this week. They appeared at Bedford Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday) and were warned they could face prison if they break their individual Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO). First
TWO women who made their neighbours' lives hell appeared in court this week.
They appeared at Bedford Magistrates' Court yesterday (Wednesday) and were warned they could face prison if they break their individual Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
First before the court was unmarried mother-of-two and five months pregnant Kelly Smith, 23, of Drove Road, Biggleswade, who was given a full ASBO after being put under an interim order in November.
Mark Woolsey, solicitor for Mid Beds District Council which had applied for the ASBO, told the court: "The behaviour of Ms Smith has been good since the interim order."
Graham Caves, the ASBO co-ordinator for Mid Beds, said: "There has been an improvement in her behaviour but when she drinks she does change her character."
Part of Smith's ASBO is that she must not be drunk in a public place.
Chairman of the magistrates Terry Rook told Smith: "Congratulations on stopping this behaviour and I hope your neighbours will now live in peace and you will become part of the community."
Making her first appearance before the court and facing an interim ASBO was Mandy Clarke, 48, of Old Bridge Court, Shefford.
Mr Woolsey told the court: "She has caused a great deal of heartache to other residents. She has been aggressive to everybody and residents have been sworn and shouted at.
"She has also made numerous phone calls to the police dialling 999 and all she wants to do is chat.
"This is all caused by alcohol and people from other agencies no longer go alone to see her at home. They always go in pairs.
"There is also noise and banging and residents feel unsafe due to her behaviour."
Mr Caves told magistrates the first complaints about Clarke's behaviour surfaced in 2002.
"Many attempts have been made to help her. The mental health team from Spring House, Biggleswade, went to see her but the lady had to leave quickly after threats.
"Residents feel intimidated because of her behaviour after drinking which is usually in the afternoon."
Clarke interrupted proceeds from the dock saying: "This is all a load of lies. I am not sitting here taking all this. I've just lost my Mum and I don't need this."
Clarke then started to sob, adding: "This is degrading coming here today. I don't know why people have got it in for me. I'm not a bad person. I've done nothing wrong."
The court heard Clarke's language was often indecent and obscene and she admitted she has a problem with alcohol.
Warning Clarke she could go to prison if she broke the interim ASBO, Mr Rook said: "I hope you will improve your ways now."
Clarke will face a full ASBO hearing on March 15.
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