Oldest Mansfield man to get ASBO back in court

A MANSFIELD man given an ASBO for loudly and repeatedly playing Bruce Springsteen songs must have been born to run after landing himself in trouble again.

Sixty-four-year-old John Norman, of Woodland Drive, became the oldest person in the town and one of the oldest in the country to be hit with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order when he was dragged before magistrates in June 2008.

And the order has now been extended for a further 18 months after Norman turned up the volume again for his unfortunate neighbours - this time by taunting them with an offensive version of a Beatles’ song.

Norman changed the lyrics to the Fab Four’s Yellow Submarine to abuse his victims.

He had been given the original three-year ASBO on 10th June 2008 after constantly playing Springsteen’s hit Born in the USA loudly and repetitively.

His neighbours recorded more than 200 separate incidents of alleged anti-social behaviour.

Magistrates at the original hearing were told he would leave the song blaring on a constant loop on his CD player until the early hours.

The ASBO handed down banned Norman from acting in a manner likely to cause nuisance, harassment or alarm to the complainants and banning him from harassing them either verbally or physically.

But despite being warned to improve his behaviour, Norman was convicted of four breaches of the ASBO between 28th November 2010 and 16th February this year.

He was slapped with a four-month prison sentence which was suspended for a year, and also given a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement.

The ASBO itself had been due to expire on 9th June, but Mansfield District Council successfully applied for this to be extended by magistrates and it will now run until the end of 2012.

After the court case, Coun Mick Barton, portfolio holder for public protection at Mansfield District Council, said: “This action shows that Mansfield District Council takes anti-social behaviour extremely seriously and that we will always stand up for the rights of the peaceful majority.

“There are certain individuals whose names keep being linked to anti-social behaviour time and time again and the council and its partners will do everything in our power to protect the law-abiding majority from the damaging consequences caused by the minority who persistently commit anti-social behaviour.”

Under the new order, Norman is forbidden from acting in a manner which causes or is likely to cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to his neighbours and making abusive comments, singing abusive songs or making excessive noise which is likely to disrupt his neighbours.