Interim ASBO follows residents’ complaints
A MAN who is accused of being abusive, intimidating and threatening to neighbours has been served with an interim Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
Peterborough City Council brought a case for a full ASBO against Jamie Leith (20) before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, claiming that he had been abusive and threatening towards several residents of Barnstock, in Bretton, where he lives.
The case was adjourned until July 21 so that Leith could make an application for legal aid, but magistrates ordered an interim ASBO to be imposed until then following a plea from Colin Miles, prosecuting on behalf of the council.
Mr Miles said: “While the court deliberates whether it is possible for a full order to be made, I think there is sufficient evidence to show that an interim order is necessary to protect the community in Barnstock.”
The interim ASBO says Leith must not: use threatening, intimidating or insulting abusive language or behaviour in public towards the residents of Barnstock; cause damage or attempt to cause
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The main target for Leith’s alleged misdemeanours is Barnstock resident Daniel Follett, who claims he has been subjected to verbal abuse and intimidating behaviour from Leith dating back to June 10, 2009.
Mr Follett alleges that Leith made homophobic remarks to him, spat at him and threatened him with violence, jumped in front of his moving car and made obscene hand gestures at him and his family.
Other residents, Robert Ray and Vera Alford, also of Barnstock, said Leith could often be seen kicking a football into the garage doors of properties and at upstairs windows, with particular complaints recorded by the council taking place on February 13 and 15, March 30 and April 2 this year.
Complainants have also claimed that Leith had been spotted urinating on a public footpath in the area as well as urinating on someone’s front door.
Mr Miles said that the council, through the Safer Peterborough Partnership, had made an appeal to Leith to discuss the issues with local residents.
He said: “We invited Mr Leith by letter to attend a meeting at Town Hall in December with a view to him signing an Acceptable Behaviour Contract.
“This letter was served to Mr Leith personally, but he failed to attend the meeting,”
Leith intends to challenge the ASBO and his defence solicitor Jeremy Roberts argued against placing an interim ASBO, stating that Leith has had no opportunity to make a case for his defence.
He said: “I would oppose an interim ASBO at this stage. When you look at the allegations you must consider that the defendant has not had the opportunity to give his account.
“The main descriptions of the majority of the allegations only go as far as a football being kicked against garage doors.”
Both Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire Police said they would not be commenting further on Leith’s alleged actions until the outcome of his next appearance at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.