AN 83-YEAR-OLD man has been warned he faces another prison sentence after pleading guilty to breaching an anti-social behaviour order imposed to protect his neighbours.

Blackburn magistrates heard William Seed had made their life 'hell' since they moved in next door in Longridge10 years ago.

The court heard Seed had been jailed in 2015 for breaching a suspended prison sentence and an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) but things had been 'quiet' since.

But his neighbours reported his objectionable behaviour had started again and they had reported a series of incidents to the police.

Seed, of Higher Road, Longridge, pleaded guilty to breach of an ASBO. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs and £115 victim surcharge.

Parveen Akhtar, prosecuting, said William Maxwell and his wife Caroline had ongoing issues with Seed since they moved in next door.

“There were numerous complaints in the past which resulted in the ASBO,” said Miss Akhtar.

She said on April 4 Mr Maxwell was working in his front garden when Seed came out and started making comments. He asked: “Where’s dopey?” referring to Mr Maxwell’s son.

“Other things were said and Mr Maxwell asked him to leave him alone or he would call the police,” said Miss Akhtar. “A few minutes later he said something else and then pointed a stick at Mr Maxwell like a rifle and made a sound like a gun being fired.”

Miss Akhtar said on another occasion Mrs Maxwell came home from walking her dog when Seed made a comment about her knickers being up or down and described her as 'easy'.

She told police: “His comments really upset me, we have had enough of his behaviour.”

Peter King, defending, said the problem started when the Maxwells moved in and assumed use of the drive which they said was shared access.

"My client says there have been occasions when the Maxwells haven’t behaved in a neighbourly way towards him but the police have never acted on his complaints.”

He said Seed regretted where he found himself.

“I suspect he thought his behaviour towards his neighbours was a wind-up rather than anything more malicious,” said Mr King.