In­terim ASBO fol­lows res­i­dents’ com­plaints

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

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

By ADAM UREN dam­age to prop­erty; kick foot­balls at prop­erty which is not his own.

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.

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