AN 84-year-old neighbour from hell has been jailed for a second time for breaching an anti-social behaviour order.

Blackburn magistrates heard William Seed had tormented his neighbours' ever since they moved in 10 years ago.

And sending him to prison for 16 weeks, the chairman of the magistrates said he had shown a complete disregard for the orders of the court.


Seed, of Higher Road, Longridge, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Asbo which were both committed within a week of him being given a suspended prison sentence for a similar offence. The 12 weeks suspended sentence was activated and Seed given a further four weeks for the latest offences.

Alex Mann, prosecuting, said Seed had been made subject to the suspended sentence on July 5 and the next breach was committed the very next day.

Mrs Mann said as Caroline Maxwell returned home with her two teenage children Seed started making "sexual groaning" noises and called her "easy knickers."

Five days later he started throwing plastic milk bottles into the garden where William Maxwell was working and abused him verbally when he objected.

"The anti-social behaviour order was made in 2013 and in 2015 he was jailed for repeated breaches," said Mrs Mann. "Things would appear to have quietened down for a couple of years until this latest raft of offences. His behaviour is clearly having an impact on his neighbours who say they just want to be left alone to live a normal life."

Paul Huxley, defending, said prior to the Maxwell's moving in his client had no problems with neighbours. He said the problem between them revolved around a driveway which Seed said belonged to him but which the Maxwells used to access their home.

"He says it is his land but they come and go as they please," said Mr Huxley. "He says they put up CCTV and describes them as "camera happy" getting their mobiles out at every opportunity to film him. All this clearly winds him up."

Mr Huxley said the neighbours gave as good as they got but his client was the one subject to the Asbo.

"He says the neighbours are not as squeaky clean as they make out and perhaps the only end to this will be when somebody moves out," said Mr Huxley.