Police and council hit back with two-year ASBO for man, 33
A NEWTON Abbot man has been issued a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order as authorities continue their zero tolerance warnings about unacceptable behaviour.
Devon and Cornwall police and Teignbridge Council obtained the ASBO against Matthew Lock, 33, after a series of incidents including public order offences and ongoing anti-social behaviour.
Lock, of Coronation Road, Broadlands, was made the subject of a full ASBO by South Devon Magistrates' Court sitting in Newton Abbot.
The ASBO was successfully obtained after the court sentenced Lock on August 15, 2012, for an offence under the Public Order Act.
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The conditions placed in the ASBO prohibit Lock from acting or encouraging others to act in an anti-social manner within Newton Abbot.
He's also not allowed to use or encourage others to use foul, abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour in any public place in the town.
The ASBO also prohibits him from drinking or being found in possession of alcohol in an open or unsealed container in any public place apart from enclosed licensed premises.
Andy Davies, Teignbridge anti-social behaviour officer, said: "We have tried on numerous occasions to try to help Lock but he has refused assistance.
"His actions stem from lifestyle choices rather than any health issues and, as such, have had a negative impact on the wider community.
"There has to come a point when enough is enough.
"I think this ASBO will serve to prevent future harm to the community.
"However, I would emphasise that ASBOs can benefit from local assistance, and I would urge anybody who witnesses any breaches of this order to contact their local police station."
Sgt Phil Williams, from Devon and Cornwall police's neighbourhood team based at Newton Abbot, said: "We're pleased this order has been granted and local residents will benefit from an improved quality of life.
"This application was sought after a series of incidents involving Lock which included shouting and swearing in the street, persistent drinking in the street and intimidating people.
"He has played loud music at all times of day and night and thrown items from the windows of his house on to the street."
Cllr Kevin Lake, Teignbridge Council's executive spokesman for environment and safety, said: "We only apply for ASBOs as a last possible resort.
"Unfortunately, and despite repeated warnings, Lock chose to ignore any offers of help and assistance and chose to engage in behaviour which was distressing for others."