Behave or be jailed - ultimatum for Mansfield family
A Mansfield family who made life hell for neighbours over almost two years have been slapped with an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI).
Mother of nine Wendy Gregory (42) and husband Dennis Gregory (58) of Brailsford Court on the Oak Tree Lane Estate have been told that breeching the injunction could see them arrested and sent to prison.
Mansfield District Council's Anti-Social Behaviour team secured the injunction against them on Tuesday 3rd June after neighbours used diary sheets to record a catalogue of alleged anti-social behaviour by the couple and their children.
Neighbours alleged that they have had to endure a regular barrage of abuse, intimidation and physical threats.
The court was told how one of the Gregory's children had allegedly tipped rubbish into a neighbour's garden and hurled stones and bricks at other residents and their property – smashing a porch window and hitting one neighbour on the head.
On a further occasion it was alleged that the same child had threatened a neighbour with an 8" blade.
Following one of the incidents, a neighbour said in her statement: "This incident like all the others had left me feeling depressed, scared, in fear of my life. I did not want to leave my house and could not sleep. I was now getting migraines and the stress of me living like this had meant me ending up in hospital."
Under the conditions of the ASBI, the Gregorys are forbidden from actions which are likely to cause nuisance, alarm and distress to other residents.
The ASBI will be in place for 1 year, with powers of arrest and a jail term of up to 2 Years if it is breached.
Coun Danny McCrossan, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection at Mansfield District Council welcomed the granting of the injunction. He said: "This is a particularly nasty catalogue of anti-social behaviour and I am pleased that we have been able to secure the order.
"Residents on Brailsford Court have been living in fear for too long and the behaviour of this family was clearly having a serious effect on their quality of life. We are extremely grateful to the witnesses in this case who have taken the bold decision to stand up and say enough is enough.
"The ASBI is a last chance saloon for the Gregory family. Either they moderate their behaviour or they will have to face the very real possibility of being sent to prison."
Mansfield District Council's Anti-social behaviour team can be contacted on 01623 463377.