Man given four year Criminal Behaviour Order

John Spare John Spare

A 69-year-old man has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for repeatedly harassing his neighbours and Council employees.

John Spare, of Ivy Close, Willington, appeared at Derby Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 15.

He pleaded guilty to breaching a Community Protection Notice put in place to prevent his behaviour from escalating and further impacting on the local community.

Spare has repeatedly demonstrated anti-social behaviour towards his neighbours, including verbal abuse, intimidation and ripping up plants.

He sent dozens of abusive and malicious emails to councillors, parish clerks, District and County Council employees. He also abused Council staff over the telephone.

Spare’s behaviour continued despite numerous interventions by Derbyshire Constabulary and the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership to curb his anti- social behaviour.

He has now been given a four year CBO, the conditions of which state that Spare must not:

1) Act in a manner which causes or is likely to cause a nuisance (harassment, alarm or distress) to one or more persons not of his household within South Derbyshire.

2) Harass, verbally abuse or make derogatory comments to any South Derbyshire District Council employee, any contractor or anyone working on the Council’s behalf, any consultant, district or parish councillor or parish council employee either directly or indirectly by letter, telephone, text message, email or social media. This includes telephoning or visiting any council office, if he is visited at home or in any other situations.

3) Harass, verbally abuse or make derogatory comments to any Derbyshire County Council employee, either directly or indirectly, by letter, telephone, text message, email or social media (such as Facebook or Twitter). This includes telephoning or visiting any council office, if he is visited at home or in any other situations.

If any conditions are breached, a maximum sentence of up to five years imprisonment could be imposed.

Cllr Martyn Ford, Chairman of the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership, said:

"This action has not been taken lightly. A Community Protection Warning and Notice had already been issued along with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

 “This case shows our continuing commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour and ensuring South Derbyshire remains a safe place to live, work and visit."

Anyone who believes Spare has broken  the conditions of the CBO should telephone Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership on 01283 595798.

28 November 2018