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PRISON FOR ANTI-SOCIAL TENANT

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A Birmingham City Council tenant in Erdington has received a seven-day custodial sentence for breaching an injuncti...
A Birmingham City Council tenant in Erdington has received a seven-day custodial sentence for breaching an injunction following repeated acts of anti-social behaviour.

Mary Pratt of Belvedere Road was sentenced at Birmingham county court on 13 August following an arrest for threatening violence towards one of her neighbours.

Residents in Belevedere Road complained to the council about repeated verbal abuse, offensive language, harassment, physical assault and threats of violence.

In April 2004 Birmingham Anti-social Behaviour Unit took Ms Pratt to court and secured a 12-month injunction with a six-month power of arrest attached.

The order stated that Mary Pratt be forbidden (whether by herself or by instructing or encouraging any other person) or by causing or permitting any visitor, relative or any person living in or visiting her property from:

1. Engaging or threatening to engage in conduct causing, or likely to cause a nuisance or annoyance to a person residing in, visiting or otherwise engaging in lawful activity in the locality of the premises.

2. Harassing residents in Belvedere Road in any way by intimidating them, obstructing them, using or threatening to use violence or using verbally abusive language.

Mark Jones, BASBU, said: 'For too long residents in Belvedere Road, have had to endure Pratt's anti-social behaviour. Despite the council's attempts to curb her behaviour she showed no regard for the courts decision and breached the injunction. This decision once again sends a clear message to the minority of anti-social residents in Birmingham that this type of behaviour will be dealt with.'

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