Law bid to curb ‘nightmare’ of bad neighbour

Kincraig Place, Bispham
Kincraig Place, Bispham
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A new law has been enforced for the first time to curb the misery one “nightmare” neighbour is causing to residents in Bispham.

Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) has acted to stop Peter Prescott, 61, of Kincraig Place, who has been threatening neighbours and acting in a drunk and disorderly fashion.

He is an absolute nightmare to live near, you can hear him from coming down the street sometimes

BCH has used the new Anti‐Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Prescott received an Interim Injunction Order on April 22, which prohibits him engaging in a range of threatening or abusive behaviour which may intimidate or cause harm to a neighbour.

There are five clauses that come with the order.

One resident on Kincraig Place, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “He is an absolute nightmare to live near, you can hear him from coming down the street sometimes.

“I don’t know what problems he is going through in life but there is no need to take them out on us.

“It’s good that the measures have been taken to stop his behaviour but I am sceptical about it working.”

A Final Injunction Order was granted during a hearing before District Judge Oldroyd on May 6 at Blackpool County Court and was extended for an additional six months, which means it will be in force until April 22, 2016.

During the hearing, Prescott also received a 17-week custodial sentence, suspended for one year for breaching the Interim Injunction Order twice on April 30.

John Donnellon, chief executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing, said: “Anti‐social behaviour can make people’s lives a misery and BCH works hard to eliminate it where it occurs. Wherever possible, we will first seek to resolve issues informally but will not hesitate to use the legal powers available to us if required.

“We are particularly grateful to the local residents who were willing to take a stand to improve their neighbourhood by giving evidence which secured the injunction against this individual.”

What the new order means

Mr Prescott received an Interim Injunction Order on April 22, 2015, which prohibits him from:

1. Engaging or threatening to engage in conduct capable of causing a nuisance or annoyance to any person in the neighbourhood.

2. Using abusive or insulting or threatening behaviour against any person in the neighbourhood.

3. Using or threatening violence or harm against any person in the neighbourhood.

4. Associating with or being in the company of one certain individual within a designated area around Kincraig Place.

5. Approaching, threatening, intimidating, harassing or communicating in anyway whatsoever with two of his neighbours on Kincraig Place.

Clauses 1, 2, 3 and 5 have a power of arrest attached.