80-year-old Longridge man given ASBO after subjecting neighbours to campaign of harassment (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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80-year-old Longridge man given ASBO after subjecting neighbours to campaign of harassment
AN 80-YEAR-old man who subjected his neighbours to years of harassment has been handed an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).
Blackburn magistrates heard William Seed drove his neighbours to their ‘wits end’ with his ‘soul destroying’ behaviour.
Seed was alleged to have sounded his car horn periodically from early in the morning until late at night. He would make loud bird noises, howl like a dog and throw dead animals into their garden.
The court was told dead rats and rabbits, chickens’ feet and a mallards head were among the items thrown into his neighbours’ garden.
Seed, of Higher Road, Longridge, pleaded guilty to harassing William and Carolyn Maxwell. He was made subject to community supervision for 12 months, ordered to pay £125 compensation each to Mr and Mrs Maxwell and £60 victim surcharge.
The ASBO makes it an offence for him to use anti-social behaviour in Longridge, in particular using foul or abusive language.
It also prohibits him from throwing or depositing anything in the Maxwell’s garden, including the joint access path between the properties.
Speaking after the hearing, Carolyn Maxwell said: “All we ever wanted here in Longridge was to enjoy a quiet life with our family and he has ruined that. He has made our life hell over the last few years.”
In court, Seed claimed there had been provocation and denied some of the allegations made against him.
Speaking afterwards, Seed, who lives with wife Vera in an end terrace house, said: “I don’t want to comment too much at this time because the time is not right.
“They had it coming and this is certainly not the end. There have been too many lies and they (the neighbours) are not the victims here.
“I did what I did because it’s the best way to get my point across.”
In court, Tom Snape, prosecuting, said the dispute had started over a garden fence.
Mr Maxwell built a fence after Seed complained that decking he had installed impinged on his privacy.
Seed told Mr Maxwell he was not bothered how high the fence was but later complained to the council and Mr Maxwell, a local government officer, had to reduce the height of the fence.
Mr Snape said there had been ongoing problems since then despite police issuing Seed with a harassment warning.
Scott Parker, defending, said his client said the whole affair was not as one-sided as the Maxwell’s said.
He said: “He says there is no smoke without fire.
“He feels there were many provocations which have caused him to behave in the way described. He has lived at the address for 44 years and there were no problems with the previous neighbours.”