A woman living in Grovehill has pleaded guilty to 13 breaches of a Community Protection Notice in a ground-breaking case for us.
The woman was served the Community Protection Notice in April 2017 after regularly shouting abuse at her neighbours and using offensive language. She also caused a nuisance to neighbours by creating loud noises and playing loud music in her home.
We had previously issued her with an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, along with a Community Protection Notice warning letter. However, the court heard that she continued to drink in excess and her anti-social behaviour continued with further reports of her using offensive language and shouting at her neighbours. She also failed to engage with the local drug and alcohol unit that she had been referred to. The woman was fined £520, plus £30 victim surcharge, at St Albans Magistrates' Court on Monday 7 August.
This is the first time we have prosecuted someone for breaking a Community Protection Notice. Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Resident Services, said: “This case sends out a clear message that anti-social behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. A Community Protection Notice can be issued to anyone aged 16 or over in order to prevent unreasonable behaviour which is having a negative impact on the quality of life of the local community.”
You can report anti-social behaviour on our website.