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Woman gets suspended sentence for nuisance behaviour

A forty-one year old woman has been given a two month suspended sentence after breaching an injunction for anti-social behaviour on four separate occasions within two months of it being granted.

Jane Elizabeth Richardson, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Mansfield County Court on 9 November 2012.

Mansfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police received numerous complaints about Miss Richardson's drunken and abusive behaviour over a number of weeks, which led the Council to make the application for an injunction. The injunction, which was granted on 16 August 2012, forbids Miss Richardson from entering the area around Saundby Avenue, Mansfield.

Shortly after the injunction was granted, she was found in breach by entering the area she was prohibited from. Despite being warned Miss Richardson continued to breach the Order in September and October. The Council made a further application detailing four breaches of the injunction, which was supported by the evidence from the Council's Tenancy Services Officer and Anti-Social Behaviour Team.

After considering the evidence before him, His Honour Judge Pugsley referred to the Honourable Lord Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke's comments about short sentences being ineffective and felt that long terms problems could not be solved by short term prison sentences. The Judge commented that he felt by giving Miss Richardson a short term prison sentence, it would not see this problem cured and felt a suspended sentence may be more appropriate on this occasion, as it may have the necessary impact i.e. the threat of prison might be enough to solve matters.

The Judge passed a two month sentence for all breaches, which is suspended on the grounds that Miss Richardson complies with the terms of the injunction until it expires at midnight on 16 August 2013.

In his closing submissions the Judge re-iterated that this was a wholly worthwhile exercise as people should feel safe in their homes, especially the elderly and vulnerable. He went on to say that he hope this creates a climate where people realise that they cannot get away with this type of behaviour and is delighted that Mansfield District Council is taking this seriously and taking this approach to dealing with ASB in the District.

Ajman Ali, Corporate Director of Housing and Environment at Mansfield District Council, said: "Despite being given chances by the Council's Housing Tenancy Team, Anti-Social Behaviour Team and the Police, this individual continued to engage in behaviour that was intimidating and threatening to council tenants and others.

"I think that this sends out a clear message to all that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"This case is a great example of partner agencies working together to tackle anti-social behaviour in the District."

If you see Miss Richardson in the area around Saundby Avenue, Mansfield, you should contact Mansfield District Council's Anti-Social Behaviour team immediately on 01623 463 377.

Published 15 November 2012

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