Court injunction leaves Lichfield couple facing restrictions after harassing their neighbours
Lichfield District Council and Lichfield Police have taken legal action against a city couple who subjected their neighbours to repeated incidents of antisocial behaviour and harassment.
The victims endured verbal abuse including threats to kill, some of which were classified as hate crime, from the two defendants who were also responsible for noise nuisance and drunken behaviour.
There were also reports of arguing and fighting in the defendants’ home and dangerous driving in the street in a series of incidents stretching back to May 2020.
Lichfield District Council and Lichfield Police applied for an injunction to address the issue and at Walsall County Court on 17 January the defendants agreed to desist in their behaviour.
For 9 months they are both forbidden from:
- Engaging in conduct or threatening to engage in conduct which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any resident or visitor to the named streets in Lichfield
- Engaging in conduct capable of causing deliberate and/or persistent nuisance or annoyance to a person regarding their occupation of their residential premises, in the named streets
- Entering the home of any resident in the named street in Lichfield without the express permission of that resident.
The sentence for a breach of the court’s injunction is imprisonment (depending on the court), a fine or seizure of property.
Stuart White, Community Safety Officer at Lichfield District Council, said:
“We could not have achieved this result without the witness statements and copies of CCTV etc that residents provided, and the support of Staffordshire Police.
“We hope that this brings some peace to all the residents in the street.”
Chief Inspector Karen Green, Commander of Lichfield Local Policing Team, said:
“This injunction will hopefully bring some relief to those that have suffered due to the behaviour of others over the last few years.
“We will always act, when we can, on reports made to us regarding ASB and criminality, and it is through the diligence of the local community that we have been able to gather the evidence we require.
“We are committed to tackling persistent offenders and encourage dialogue with our communities and partners to tackle such incidents.”