ASBO Breach For Playing Tom Jones CD: It's Not Unusual!

PLAYING a Tom Jones CD full blast late at night put an Ely pensioner in breach of his anti social behaviour order. Sixty-nine-year-old Patrick Hassean was playing the CD so loud that his neighbours called the police and he was later found to be in breach

PLAYING a Tom Jones CD full blast late at night put an Ely pensioner in breach of his anti social behaviour order.

Sixty-nine-year-old Patrick Hassean was playing the CD so loud that his neighbours called the police and he was later found to be in breach of his ASBO.

Officers said the level of noise was "far in excess of what a reasonable person would think was acceptable," and it landed Hassean in Ely Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Hassean, of Wheatsheaf Close, admitted the music had put him in breach of the two-year ASBO slapped him back in August, after magistrates were told how he continually harassed his neighbours.


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Under the terms of the ASBO, Hassean is banned from:

* Making any unreasonable noise, and shouting or swearing inside his home so loudly that is causes harassment, alarm or distress to neighbours.

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* Abusing any person verbally or in writing.

Prosecuting, Penny Cannon said police went to Hassean's flat to talk to him about the rowdy music on September 22, but failed to gain entry. The following day he admitted playing the CD until 11.20pm.

"One of the problems is that he does not like living with a lot of people," added Mrs Cannon. The court has suggested that Hereward Housing should bump him up the list to get him re-housed."

Mitigating, James Yardy said: "It is disappointing he appears back in court relatively soon after the ASBO was imposed.

"He is desperately unhappy where he is living at the moment, and that is why he is behaving like this.

"This was one isolated incident. He had returned home from shopping in Cambridge and was a bit depressed, and put the music up too loud, and it caused a disturbance. He now has some headphones. He is certainly a character, with a zest for life."

After hearing that a bid had been made to re-house Hassean in Impington, the magistrates fined him �85 with �85 costs and a �15 surcharge. He was also ordered to pay �50 compensation to a neighbour.

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