Letchworth motorist who drove on communal grassland gets criminal behaviour order

Stevenage Magistrates' Court, where Paul French's hearing took place. Picture: Harry Hubbard

Stevenage Magistrates' Court, where Paul French's hearing took place. Picture: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

A motorist from Letchworth who persistently drove and parked on a communal grassed area without permission has been handed a criminal behaviour order.

Lukia McAllister, 23, was given the two-year order by Stevenage magistrates on Friday after repeatedly breaching a community protection notice imposed in June.

McAllister, of Neville’s Court, failed to comply with the terms of the notice – which related to incidents at her former address in Abbotts Road.

She was summoned to court for breach of the notice on July 28 but failed to attend, meaning the case went ahead in her absence.

She again failed to attend court for the sentencing on August 4 – when she was handed the criminal behaviour order.

McAllister must also pay a £100 fine and £1,085 in costs.

Councillor Tony Hunter, responsible for community engagement at North Herts District Council, said: “We are pleased that the court has recognised the impact of this individual’s behaviour and issued a criminal behaviour order.

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“I hope that this sends a strong message to the local community that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and we will actively work with our partners to bring offenders to justice.”

The terms of the crimnal behaviour order to which McAllister is now subject include “not to sit on, stand on, push, pull or ride any mechanically-propelled micro scooter, moped, quad bike or motorcycle on any land in North Hertfordshire, which you are not legally authorised to do so”.

Update, August 24:

McAllister’s partner Sean Payne, 25, also of Neville’s Court, has also since been made subject to a two-year criminal behaviour order by Stevenage magistrates over similar activities on the same communal area, including dismantling vehicles and leaving them in severe disrepair.

He had been charged with breaching a community protection notice and carrying out restricted work on motor vehicles – and was found guilty on August 11 after failing to attend court, with the matter proceeding in his absence.

He must pay a £880 fine, £1,257.37 in costs and £44 surcharge.

Councillor Hunter said: “These two individuals persistently acted in an anti-social manner which had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of their neighbours.

“Their complete disregard for their behaviour prevented others from enjoying the communal grass space and could have had very dangerous consequences.

“I hope that this latest order will prevent any further incidence of anti-social behaviour and be of benefit to the local community.”