Published on 8th October 2013

Cheltenham Borough Council has successfully gained a full anti-social behaviour order on Mrs Deborah Cove of Fairhaven Road, Cheltenham, at a hearing on 7 October 2013 in Cheltenham Magistrates Court.

The investigation by the council’s environmental protection team in partnership with Gloucestershire Constabulary was in relation to noise nuisance and other anti-social behaviour. This case followed an earlier court date in July, when an interim ASBO was granted. The interim order was to provide protection for affected neighbours until the case for a full order could be heard.

The Police and council officers continued to work together since the interim order, as both organisations were still receiving complaints and informal methods did not result in a sustained improvement.

The overall investigation concluded that a full anti-social behaviour order was the most suitable way to secure a positive outcome for the neighbouring residents.

The two year ASBO details four conditions prohibiting Mrs Cove and visitors to her property from causing alarm, harassment or distress to others.

Councillor Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing, safety and communities, said: “The interim ASBO was obtained in July to give an immediate break from disturbance and anti-social behaviour for the complainants. Unfortunately, this did not stop the anti-social behaviour and so a full ASBO has been issued. I hope this now means that the households affected can live without the disturbance they have been suffering with for so long. This outcome should act as a warning to others that anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and working with our partner organisations such as the police, we will take action will be taken where necessary.”

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email: [email protected]

Since September 2012, the team had investigated reports that noise disturbance from Mrs Cove’s property was affecting two other households in the road. Officers gathered evidence from the complainant, took sound recordings using noise monitoring equipment, and witness statements were also produced over a number of out of hours visits to the complainants’ property to ascertain the level of disturbance.