Little Blakenham: Man, 71, who swore and hurled abuse at his neighbours is handed an ASBO

The trio, of Myrtle Road in Ipswich, are set to appear before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court this morning. The trio, of Myrtle Road in Ipswich, are set to appear before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court this morning.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
5:43 PM

A man in his 70s who made the lives of his neighbours an ‘absolute nightmare’ has been handed an anti-social behaviour order after he admitted to three counts of harassment over a 10-year period.

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Michael Keen, of the Beeches, Little Blakenham, appeared at West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he was also found guilty of one count of using threatening and abusive words to a police constable in 2011.

The 71-year-old, who was charged with a total of four counts of harassment, was sentenced to six-month probation, a two-year ASBO and ordered to pay court costs.

Speaking after the case, Mid Suffolk local policing commander inspector, Tristan Pepper, said: “This is a pleasing result that has come about as a result of hard work of officers, especially PC Amy Hutton and Western Area Operational Partnership Team Anti-Social Behaviour Officer Verity Pearson.

“Mr Keen is a very difficult individual who made the lives of many of his neighbours an absolute misery.

“They were subjected to regularly having abuse shouted at them, swearing, offensive and personal comments made towards them in their gardens and whilst walking down the street in which they live.

“This case shows that we will deal with issues of anti-social behaviour head on and use the law to full extent.

“It shows that residents do not have to live in fear of being intimidated and being harassed and this behaviour is unacceptable, especially for someone of his age.

“The Anti-Social Behaviour Order will be an excellent useful tool as it means that if he breaches any of his conditions then officers can act swiftly to put him before the courts again.”

2 comments

  • They should have looked at the possibility that he might be suffering from the early stages of Dementia, it affects some like that...

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    Fi, Stowmarket

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

  • Did it really take 3 years (2011 -2014 ) to get him before the court for using threatening words and behaviour to a police officer?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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