A persistent troublemaker has been warned he faces jail if he continues to harass his neighbours.
Blackpool Council has secured a two-year anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) against Anthony Raynor after Blackpool magistrates heard he had threatened other residents of Osborne Road, South Shore.
Last month, police had to use a Taser stun gun on the 33-year-old after he reached for a knife during a confrontation with officers.
The incident was the culmination of months of intimidation by Raynor, of Osborne Road, the hearing was told.
Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for public protection and housing, said the council’s selective licensing team had worked with residents, landlords and the police to tackle the problem.
She said: “Our hands on approach has enabled us to quickly gather intelligence from a number of sources and end the misery neighbours were experiencing.
“Mr Raynor had caused daily upset and distress for local residents and businesses, I’ve no doubt they are delighted with this outcome.
“We now have an anti-social behaviour specialist working within the selective licensing team dealing with cases such as these, which is a great addition to our already successful team.”
Insp Matt Willmot, of Blackpool Police, said: “Anthony Raynor has been well known to police for some time and has been causing trouble in his local area for a number of years.
“His behaviour is utterly unacceptable and has brought misery to the lives of local residents.
“This Asbo has been granted thanks to our neighbourhood policing teams working closely with Blackpool Council and I hope it helps to stop his behaviour.”
The Asbo bans Raynor from causing any disturbance in Osborne Road, from entering certain addresses on Osborne Road and from leaving litter or rubbish.
If he flouts the order he could face up to five years in prison.
Neighbours feared for their safety
Blackpool magistrates heard Raynor had consistently intimidated residents.
Evidence detailing 14 of the worst incidents committed over a six-month period was put before the court.
These included an incident where Raynor was verbally abusive and smashed a neighbour’s window on December 26 last year.
On March 27 this year, he broke into a flat. The tenant later moved out because they no longer felt safe.
In May, he offered to sell drugs to a worker showing a flat to a prospective tenant.
On June 2, Raynor was in possession of a knife and had to be Tasered before police could arrest him.
Insp Willmot added: “I would urge people to be vigilant and if you spot Anthony somewhere that he shouldn’t be or doing something that he shouldn’t please contact us on 101 or speak to a member of the Waterloo Neighbourhood Policing Team.”