80-year-old man given Asbo

AN 80-year-old Second World War veteran was given a 13-week jail sentence and an anti-social behaviour order today for assaulting police, harassment and criminal damage.

AN 80-year-old Second World War veteran was given a 13-week jail sentence and an anti-social behaviour order today for assaulting police, harassment and criminal damage.

Widower Arthur Burgess was told that "only a custodial sentence was appropriate" after magistrates in Ipswich heard he threatened a neighbour and a local council employee after becoming embroiled in an argument over a fence and an oak tree which overhung his garden. He also assaulted a police officer.

The court heard that Burgess, of Trimley St Martin, Suffolk, who served as a rifleman with the 8th Army in Italy during the war, was involved in a boundary dispute with his neighbour Wilfred Youngs over the fence.

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