Georgina Sims Given Asbo
Georgina Sims Given Asbo, An 87-year-old woman has been given an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) for playing her radio too loud and banging her walking stick on the wall, a council confirmed today.
Georgina Sims was handed the order after neighbours complained about the noise at her home in Martello Close, Gosport, Hampshire.
The pensioner was initially given a noise abatement notice by Gosport Borough Council in August 2010 but after she failed to comply she was given an interim Asbo in October last year.
She was also given a six-month conditional discharge and told to pay £500 costs after admitting two charges of flouting the noise abatement order at Fareham Magistrates’ Court.
The council then withdrew its application for a full Asbo when Sims moved house.
A council spokeswoman said: “The council has been mindful throughout these proceedings that Ms Sims is an 87-year-old with some health issues, and at the same time the serious effect her conduct has had over many months on the health of her immediate neighbours.
“Initially police and environmental health officers made an informal approach to try and engage with Ms Sims to explain the conduct, namely playing her music so loudly and banging on the wall day and night, was not acceptable and that she was causing great distress to her neighbours.
“The council and police liaised extensively with the health agencies and tried to make contact with her family, initially without success, to see if they would intervene.
“The prosecution and application for a post-conviction Asbo was supported by the police and very much a last resort but necessary because the persistent din and banging against the party wall did not abate despite the best efforts of the council and police to satisfactorily resolve the matter without the delay, expense, and stress of court proceedings.