Pensioner gets Asbo for playing radio too loud

Daily Echo: Pensioner gets Asbo for playing radio too loud Pensioner gets Asbo for playing radio too loud

An 87-year-old woman has been given an interim anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) for playing her radio too loud and banging her walking stick on the wall, a council confirmed today.

Georgina Sims was handed the order after neighbours complained about the noise at her home in Martello Close, Gosport.

The pensioner was initially given a noise abatement notice by Gosport Borough Council in August 2010 but after she failed to comply she was given an interim Asbo in October last year.

She was also given a six-month conditional discharge and told to pay £500 costs after admitting two charges of flouting the noise abatement order at Fareham Magistrates' Court.

The council then withdrew its application for a full Asbo when Sims moved house.

A council spokeswoman said: ''The council has been mindful throughout these proceedings that Ms Sims is an 87-year-old with some health issues, and at the same time the serious effect her conduct has had over many months on the health of her immediate neighbours.

''Initially police and environmental health officers made an informal approach to try and engage with Ms Sims to explain the conduct, namely playing her music so loudly and banging on the wall day and night, was not acceptable and that she was causing great distress to her neighbours.

''The council and police liaised extensively with the health agencies and tried to make contact with her family, initially without success, to see if they would intervene.

''The prosecution and application for a post-conviction Asbo was supported by the police and very much a last resort but necessary because the persistent din and banging against the party wall did not abate despite the best efforts of the council and police to satisfactorily resolve the matter without the delay, expense, and stress of court proceedings.

''Officers also asked the neighbours to keep a record of the offending noise nuisance and when they heard the tapes they were shocked at how loud and repetitive it was.

''It was by this time causing great distress to the neighbours.

''As the noise continued council officers visited the lady again and served an abatement notice, explaining that if she carried on with the noise her equipment could be seized and she could even be prosecuted as noise nuisance is an offence.

''However again she ignored the abatement notice so the council applied to the magistrates for permissions to seize the equipment.

''Still continuing with the noise against her neighbours meant that Ms Sims was then prosecuted and an Interim Asbo order was made against her.

Ms Sims was legally represented throughout the proceedings and assisted by her daughter, who lives in France, at the court hearings.

''She pleaded guilty to the offences and did not apply to discharge the Interim Asbo but has since sold her property, (which was up for sale before this situation arose) so the council has withdrawn its application for a full Asbo.''

The spokeswoman added that the magistrate told Sims that she had committed ''deliberate acts of nuisance over a considerable period of time and after many warnings and a previous court hearing'', and added: ''It must have been unbearable for your (Ms Sims') neighbours''.

Sims' daughter Bev Batten said that her mother needed help, not court proceedings, as she suffered from tinnitus and had been having a ''breakdown''.

She said: ''It was obvious she needed help.

''She was genuinely hearing noises. She didn't have a vendetta against the neighbours.''

Neighbour Chris Adams said: ''It was absolute hell. It made us ill.''

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1:06pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Goldenwight says...

Shame her daughter couldn't take her mother home with her, really. Its always sad to see a story like this.
Shame her daughter couldn't take her mother home with her, really. Its always sad to see a story like this. Goldenwight

1:27pm Tue 10 Apr 12

BillyTheKid says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Shame her daughter couldn't take her mother home with her, really. Its always sad to see a story like this.
I agree with you, Goldenwight. It is interesting that many of the elderly are not the "dear old souls" we would hope them to be. As I'm sure you know, this is rarely their fault, as with longevity increasing, more are developing Alzheimer's and dementia, aggression and anti-socail behaviour being a typical symptom.
But there are some right so-and-so's ! At a certain supermarket in Portswood, one old lady used to drive her mobility scooter round the shop backwards so that the reversing alarm would sound all the time, rudely forcing people out of the way ! And another, possibly partially-sighted, used to walk round the shop banging her stick on the floor and against the shelving. If you didn't watch out you got whacked ! I challenged her once, and she was very unpleasant.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Shame her daughter couldn't take her mother home with her, really. Its always sad to see a story like this.[/p][/quote]I agree with you, Goldenwight. It is interesting that many of the elderly are not the "dear old souls" we would hope them to be. As I'm sure you know, this is rarely their fault, as with longevity increasing, more are developing Alzheimer's and dementia, aggression and anti-socail behaviour being a typical symptom. But there are some right so-and-so's ! At a certain supermarket in Portswood, one old lady used to drive her mobility scooter round the shop backwards so that the reversing alarm would sound all the time, rudely forcing people out of the way ! And another, possibly partially-sighted, used to walk round the shop banging her stick on the floor and against the shelving. If you didn't watch out you got whacked ! I challenged her once, and she was very unpleasant. BillyTheKid

2:09pm Tue 10 Apr 12

dolomiteman says...

Sims' daughter Bev Batten said that her mother needed help, not court proceedings, as she suffered from tinnitus and had been having a ''breakdown''.

She said: ''It was obvious she needed help.


So if she desperatly needs help why not support your mother instead of hiding in France?
Sims' daughter Bev Batten said that her mother needed help, not court proceedings, as she suffered from tinnitus and had been having a ''breakdown''. She said: ''It was obvious she needed help. So if she desperatly needs help why not support your mother instead of hiding in France? dolomiteman

2:34pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Higginz says...

Being old is no excuse for "deliberate acts of nuisance". I have full sympathy for the neighbours of this evil old b1tch.
Being old is no excuse for "deliberate acts of nuisance". I have full sympathy for the neighbours of this evil old b1tch. Higginz

2:44pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Scatgirl says...

we have an elderly lady next doors who is also a real problem...too much time on her ands thinking up ways to complain about us....favourite one was that leaves from a tree in our garden were blowing into hers! it was our only tree whilst she has around half a dozen?
we have an elderly lady next doors who is also a real problem...too much time on her ands thinking up ways to complain about us....favourite one was that leaves from a tree in our garden were blowing into hers! it was our only tree whilst she has around half a dozen? Scatgirl

4:12pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Roy S says...

A very sad case. We all will get old one day and as our eyes and hearing start to fail, well...

Anyway, for the cost of the prosecution a very nice pair of wireless headphones could have been issued to the old lady, for use on the radio and tv.

When I was in my twenties I was never going to get old...
So please some sympathy and understanding for us old grots please!
A very sad case. We all will get old one day and as our eyes and hearing start to fail, well... Anyway, for the cost of the prosecution a very nice pair of wireless headphones could have been issued to the old lady, for use on the radio and tv. When I was in my twenties I was never going to get old... So please some sympathy and understanding for us old grots please! Roy S

4:59pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Tired Out says...

I'm having major problems right now with a pensioner neighbour. She lives in the flat below me, both council tenants.
She is constantly shouting personal insults and verbal abuse, directed at myself and another neighbour (and threats to "stab me", "batter me" and "batter my dog"). I'm not getting ANY sleep because of her, can't eat due to the stress.
She regularly says she HATES me, and that she can do whatever she wants in "HER" house ! I'm lucky if I manage to get a couple of hours sleep daily, ON THE SOFA, because her shouting and banging on the walls goes on throughout the night as well as all day every day. I've had the police out. I contacted social services thinking she needed help. THEY passed my concerns on to the council antisocial behaviour team. This was in January 2011 and it is still going on ! I had noise recording equipment here for a week. Police, council and environmental health ALL said she was being antisocial. I got an email today saying "due to her age and health issues ", there is nothing they can do !
They are going to assign a social worker to her within 2 weeks, apart from that, it's just tough sh*t on me ! I'm now very depressed and thinking "not nice" thoughts. Oh, and I live on prescription painkillers due to osteoarthritis of my spine ! The woman's daughter lives 2 STREETS AWAY ! She is basically not acknowledging what her mother is like ! Maybe I should just put a rope around my neck and jump out of the window, to hang level with HER window !
This is in Scotland BTW. Neighbour is being very nasty and nobody is doing anything to help :(
I'm having major problems right now with a pensioner neighbour. She lives in the flat below me, both council tenants. She is constantly shouting personal insults and verbal abuse, directed at myself and another neighbour (and threats to "stab me", "batter me" and "batter my dog"). I'm not getting ANY sleep because of her, can't eat due to the stress. She regularly says she HATES me, and that she can do whatever she wants in "HER" house ! I'm lucky if I manage to get a couple of hours sleep daily, ON THE SOFA, because her shouting and banging on the walls goes on throughout the night as well as all day every day. I've had the police out. I contacted social services thinking she needed help. THEY passed my concerns on to the council antisocial behaviour team. This was in January 2011 and it is still going on ! I had noise recording equipment here for a week. Police, council and environmental health ALL said she was being antisocial. I got an email today saying "due to her age and health issues ", there is nothing they can do ! They are going to assign a social worker to her within 2 weeks, apart from that, it's just tough sh*t on me ! I'm now very depressed and thinking "not nice" thoughts. Oh, and I live on prescription painkillers due to osteoarthritis of my spine ! The woman's daughter lives 2 STREETS AWAY ! She is basically not acknowledging what her mother is like ! Maybe I should just put a rope around my neck and jump out of the window, to hang level with HER window ! This is in Scotland BTW. Neighbour is being very nasty and nobody is doing anything to help :( Tired Out

4:59pm Tue 10 Apr 12

St Retford says...

Scatgirl is an interesting name...
Scatgirl is an interesting name... St Retford

7:07pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Scatgirl says...

st Retford....its cos am scatty and a 'girl'!
st Retford....its cos am scatty and a 'girl'! Scatgirl

8:54pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Nine Toes. says...

St Retford wrote:
Scatgirl is an interesting name...
If you're into that sort of thing...
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: Scatgirl is an interesting name...[/p][/quote]If you're into that sort of thing... Nine Toes.

9:09pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Dragonqueen says...

Scat girl could you not sk for a transfer if things are that bad
Scat girl could you not sk for a transfer if things are that bad Dragonqueen

9:36pm Tue 10 Apr 12

BillyTheKid says...

People behave anti-socially for a reason. I'm getting old, and I know why I might start upsetting the neighbours : property development. Yes, property development. You live happily in a house for years, and then new houses start going up all round you, or new, younger people move in where older people have moved out. The first thing that annoys is the persistant stink of barbeques on otherwise lovely evenings. Then the sawing, banging, and drilling as each one spends 6 months "improving" their property. Next they sell it. And then the new people start the process all over again. They rip everything out, start sawing, banging, and drilling before they sell it on. A house nearby me has been gutted three times in the last two years, sold and re-sold.
If you like your home, you ought to be able to enjoy it without having to listen to young prats turning a once decent neighbourhood into a permanent building site. And anyone who suggests cotton wool in the ears, close all windows, etc., is just being a cynical, selfish w*nker.
People behave anti-socially for a reason. I'm getting old, and I know why I might start upsetting the neighbours : property development. Yes, property development. You live happily in a house for years, and then new houses start going up all round you, or new, younger people move in where older people have moved out. The first thing that annoys is the persistant stink of barbeques on otherwise lovely evenings. Then the sawing, banging, and drilling as each one spends 6 months "improving" their property. Next they sell it. And then the new people start the process all over again. They rip everything out, start sawing, banging, and drilling before they sell it on. A house nearby me has been gutted three times in the last two years, sold and re-sold. If you like your home, you ought to be able to enjoy it without having to listen to young prats turning a once decent neighbourhood into a permanent building site. And anyone who suggests cotton wool in the ears, close all windows, etc., is just being a cynical, selfish w*nker. BillyTheKid

10:22pm Tue 10 Apr 12

Huffter says...

About time a few motorists were given ASBOs for playing their car radios too loud... and I doubt whether many of them have a PRS licence.
About time a few motorists were given ASBOs for playing their car radios too loud... and I doubt whether many of them have a PRS licence. Huffter

6:48pm Wed 11 Apr 12

Scatgirl says...

St Retford & Dragonqueen: Just to set the record straight I'm actually a mature lady of 50+ years, just a girl at heart, nothing more.
St Retford & Dragonqueen: Just to set the record straight I'm actually a mature lady of 50+ years, just a girl at heart, nothing more. Scatgirl

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