Nuisance neighbour sent to prison – again!

Release Date: 26-Aug-2008
A Kirklees Council tenant who caused misery to his neighbours has been sent to prison for the second time after breaching a court order.
In November 2007 Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) obtained an anti-social behaviour injunction from the Dewsbury County Court against Leo Challoner of Carlton Close, Cleckheaton to protect his neighbours.

On 23 January 2008 Mr Challoner was brought before the Bradford County Court following his arrest by the Police for breaching the injunction and was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment for contempt of court. On 3 April 2008 the injunction order was varied by the Dewsbury County Court so as to exclude Mr Challoner from Cleckheaton and to forbid him from contacting or attempting to contact named individuals.

On 21 August 2008 Mr Challoner was arrested by the Police for breaching the terms of the injunction, held in custody overnight and brought before the Dewsbury County Court on 22 August 2008. At court Mr Challoner admitted breaching the injunction by entering Cleckheaton and contacting one of the named individuals. The Court ruled that Mr Challoner was in contempt of court and sentenced him to 42 days in prison.

Paul Buckley, KNH’s Director of Neighbourhoods, said: “We welcome the judge’s tough line in this case.

“It sends a very strong message that anti-social behaviour of this kind will not be tolerated. When KNH does obtain anti-social behaviour injunctions on behalf of its partners and the residents of Kirklees, they will be enforced and the courts regard the breach of a court injunction as a very serious matter as emphasized by the sentence handed down in this case. By working together anti-social behaviour can be dealt with effectively.”
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