Essex Police has successfully applied for its first injunction under new anti-social behaviour legislation.
The Injunction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNA) was issued by Chelmsford County Court to Robert Green, aged 57, from Colchester on Tuesday March 1.
Green’s neighbours, many of whom were elderly and vulnerable, had been subject to his offensive behaviour for a number of years. This included shouting racist and offensive remarks towards them and damaging their property. His anti-social behaviour continued despite him previously being subject to an ASBO and serving a prison sentence for racially aggravated assault on a neighbour.
Following the first hearing in October 2015, Green moved away from the area and the IPNA now bans him from entering his previous neighbourhood for the next two years. Any breach of this order will be a contempt of court punishable by a fine or imprisonment.
Pc Steve Walsom, who collated the evidence needed for the IPNA said: “Green’s behaviour left his neighbours feeling intimidated, fearful and anxious. Thanks to this IPNA they can now enjoy their neighbourhood once more, safe in the knowledge that Green is not allowed to return. Residents of Essex should be reassured that anti-social behaviour on this scale will not be tolerated and we will look to put anyone responsible before the courts.”