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Court action on `nuisance'

A NUISANCE neighbour has been ordered to behave himself for the next five years.

A NUISANCE neighbour has been ordered to behave himself for the next five years.

Stephen Cheshire, 34, has been prosecuted for causing a noise nuisance three times since 1993 - and has had his hi-fi system confiscated by court order.

Cheshire, of Syke Ing Close, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, is also said to have shouted and been abusive and threatening and to have ridden a noisy motorbike around the estate where he lives.

Now, Batley and Dewsbury magistrates have made an order requiring him not to behave in an anti-social way.

The order, valid until October, 2006, is the fourth gained by Kirklees Council under the 1998 Crime And Disorder Act.

The other three were against youths.

Cheshire is banned from:

* Alarming, distressing or harassing his neighbours

* Engaging in threatening or insulting behaviour

* Playing loud music

* Shouting or singing loudly - or letting his friends shout and sing at his house

* Riding an off-road motorbike, untaxed and uninsured, around the estate.

Robert Crossland, pollution control manager for Kirklees Council, said:

"Breaching the order without an excuse is a criminal and arrestable offence."

In Kirklees, 2.5% of people suffer from nuisance and anti-social behaviour.

Last year, Kirklees Council's environmental services dealt with 2,473 new complaints of nuisance neighbours.

But Mr Crossland said: "This is just the tip of the iceberg."


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