Newton Abbot man given two-year ASBO

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By PGStrange | Thursday, November 15, 2012, 16:52

A NEWTON ABBOT man has been given a two-year Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after a series of incidents, including shouting and swearing in the street, persistent drinking in the street, playing music loudly day and night, throwing items from the windows of his house and intimidating people…

Teignbridge District Council and Devon and Cornwall Police obtained the ASBO against Matthew Lock, 33, after a number of public order offences, ongoing anti-social behaviour and intimidating and threatening behaviour towards residents and neighbours.

Mr Lock, of Coronation Road, Broadlands, was made the subject of a Full ASBO by South Devon Magistrates Court sitting in Newton Abbot on Wednesday 14 November. The ASBO was successfully obtained after the court sentenced Mr Lock on 15 August 2012 for an offence under the Public Order Act.

Andy Davies, Teignbridge Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, said: "We have tried on numerous occasions to help Mr Lock but he has refused assistance. His actions stem from lifestyle choices rather than any health issues and, as such, have had a negative impact on the wider community. There has to come a point when enough is enough.

"I that this ASBO will serve to prevent future harm to the community. However, I would emphasise that ASBOs can benefit from local assistance, and I would urge anybody who witnesses any breaches of this order to contact their local police station."

Devon and Cornwall Police's Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Phil Williams, based at Newton Abbot Police Station, said: "We're pleased that this order has been granted and that local residents will benefit from an improved quality of life.

"This application was sought after a series of incidents involving Lock which included shouting and swearing in the street, persistent drinking in the street and intimidating people.

"He has played loud music at all times of day and night and thrown items from the windows of his house onto the street."

"Last possible resort"

Cllr Kevin Lake, Teignbridge District Council's Executive Spokesperson for Environment and Safety, said: "We only apply for ASBOs as a last possible resort. Unfortunately, and despite repeated warnings, Mr Lock chose to ignore any offers of help and assistance and chose to engage in behaviour that was distressing for others.

"While there is not a high incidence of anti-social behaviour in Teignbridge we, alongside with police, can and will take any action necessary against anyone behaving in an inappropriate way over an extended period of time."


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