Troublesome two face jail

A FEUDING duo who subjected their neighbours to more than a year of misery today face jail if they fail to stop causing trouble.Residents of Cherry Tree Road, Stowmarket, are hoping anti social behaviour orders served on trouble makers Ian Hurton and Sandra Munday signal the start of a quiet life.

A FEUDING duo who subjected their neighbours to more than a year of misery today face jail if they fail to stop causing trouble.

Residents of Cherry Tree Road, Stowmarket, are hoping anti social behaviour orders served on trouble makers Ian Hurton and Sandra Munday signal the start of a quiet life.

The pair have been at the centre of an on-going argument in the street where frightened neighbours have been threatened and kept awake at night by shouting and loud music.

The residents had feared they would be forced to move if the situation did not improve and protested outside the town's police station.

Hurton and Munday, who use to live opposite each other, were dealt with at Sudbury Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The court cases, brought by Mid Suffolk district council and Suffolk police, followed interim orders being served on them both in October.

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Conditions in the Asbos include banning them from contacting each other, entering Cherry Tree Road or using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour anywhere in Mid Suffolk. Munday's order lasts for two years.

Hurton's bans him from playing loud music and will be in place for three years.

If the pair break any of the conditions they will be hauled back before the court and could be sent to jail.

An application was also put before the magistrates to serve an Asbo on Jane Taylor the woman Hurton lived with. The case was adjourned until March.

Gennavene Trowbridge, a resident, said: "At last the courts have taken further action.

"We have been waiting for a long time."

Katrina Fitch said: "Things quietened down but have got bad again over the past couple of weeks.

"I've a three month old baby and music gets played late.

"People don't realise what an affect it has on your life."

Munday, now living at the Forge Caravan site, Combs Lane, had lived in Cherry Tree Road for ten years.

Howard Satterwaite, speaking in Munday's defence, said her involvement was often in an attempt to stop trouble between Hurton and Miss Taylor. He said she was not an antagonist, and in many instances was the victim.

He said: "She's trying to break free from these other two individuals. The three of them make quite an unpleasant cocktail but she has made a move away.

"She doesn't want to associate with them."

Hurton spent just one night in prison after pleading guilty to using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence in August.

The court heard how he had threatened one neighbour with "getting her kids and killing her dogs."

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AUTHORITIES have today praised the courts for tackling Ian Hurton and Sandra Munday.

The legal action was brought about by a joint effort between Suffolk police and Mid Suffolk district council.

Both organisations have welcomed the results - putting the success down to teamwork.

Inspector Julian Blazeby, Mid Suffolk sector commander, said: "This is an excellent result for the communities that have suffered over the months.

"Hopefully it will prevent other forms of anti social behaviour affecting their lives.

"It's a good example of partnership work between ourselves and Mid Suffolk district council and shows how the anti-social behaviour legislation can be put to good use.

"I'm sure the quality of life for people in the area will now improve."

Sue Lister, senior housing officer at the district council, said: "In taking the applications to court we were acting on behalf of all the other residents in the area.

"They have had to put up with anti social behaviour and its is something we are committed to taking action against.

"We had to work closely with the police in order to bring it to fruition and are pleased the hard work has paid off."

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