Blackwood couple given five-year ASBOs

South Wales Argus: Lisa Stokes Lisa Stokes

A GWENT couple alleged to have abused their neighbours and made their lives a misery have been hit with anti-social behaviour orders banning them from shouting and swearing, a council has said.

Martin Ward and Lisa Stokes, both aged 48, of Beaumaris Way, Grove Park, Blackwood were given five-year ASBOs at a hearing of Abergavenny Magistrates Court, according to Caerphilly council.

The authority said Ward and Stokes targeted their neighbours with abusive, threatening and aggressive behaviour.

Despite several interventions by the Safer Community Safety Partnership under its 'four-strikes' process, their behaviour continued.

Cllr Dave Poole, cabinet member for the environment and leisure services at Caerphilly council, said: "This particular couple have made the lives of residents in their community a misery which we simply cannot and will not tolerate.

"The gaining of these five year anti-social behaviour orders I hope will send out a very clear message."

PC Gareth Jones, crime and disorder reduction officer for Ystrad Mynach and Blackwood, said: "The type of behaviour alleged to have been committed by Stokes and Ward against a very vulnerable victim made an application for this order a necessity, not only to protect the victim in this case but also her family and the wider community."

The couple were also ordered to pay £2,758 in prosecution costs.

Under the orders, both Ward and Stokes are banned from shouting or swearing at any person not of the same household.

They cannot act or incite others to act in an anti-social manner, and cannot use abusive, insulting, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour towards each other within the sight of someone not from the same household.

Neither can approach or communicate directly or indirectly with any of the victims of their behaviour living in neighbouring homes, or any of the homes' visitors.

The orders state the two cannot play music so loud it is heard outside their home.

They are also banned from touching or interfering with any neighbours' property, cannot bang or strike any walls, doors, floors or ceilings to cause a nuisance to neighbours and cannot call the emergency services except when in genuine need.

The restrictions apply to the Caerphilly county area.

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7:56am Mon 9 Jul 12

arvinda strop says...

If "true" buy them a tent there are other more needy people waiting for housing.
If "true" buy them a tent there are other more needy people waiting for housing. arvinda strop
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10:46am Mon 9 Jul 12

ValleysLass says...

Unfortunately the couple own the flat; therefore it's not as easy as "shipping them out".

I am so grateful to the council and the police for the way they handled this. This abuse had been going on for over 6 years; my mother in law (who is very unwell) has suffered for the past 2 years and the couple who lived there before this also suffered terribly for over 4 years.

It was the joining of the two neighbours (who had never met) who had lived below these vile people that helped us win the case.

The report also fails to add that they both pleaded guilty to all counts and were more concerned about the court costs than the asbo.

Thank you Gwent Police and Caerphilly Council. My mother in law and my family can now look forward to getting on with life rather than living in fear.
Unfortunately the couple own the flat; therefore it's not as easy as "shipping them out". I am so grateful to the council and the police for the way they handled this. This abuse had been going on for over 6 years; my mother in law (who is very unwell) has suffered for the past 2 years and the couple who lived there before this also suffered terribly for over 4 years. It was the joining of the two neighbours (who had never met) who had lived below these vile people that helped us win the case. The report also fails to add that they both pleaded guilty to all counts and were more concerned about the court costs than the asbo. Thank you Gwent Police and Caerphilly Council. My mother in law and my family can now look forward to getting on with life rather than living in fear. ValleysLass
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12:01pm Mon 9 Jul 12

ncfcr says...

She looks like a lovely woman. Unfortunately, I was eating my sandwiches as I opened this page - they are now in the bin.
She looks like a lovely woman. Unfortunately, I was eating my sandwiches as I opened this page - they are now in the bin. ncfcr
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3:04pm Tue 10 Jul 12

bluemccoy@hotmail.co.uk says...

Iam so glad its over it has been a long wait they did plead guilty to all charges,they are the most vile people i know even the devil would not take them,my husband passed away with all the stress we had,now i am going to try and rebuild my life after everything we lost, even though they pleaded guilty they were still trying to say it was everyones fault except them. I would like to thank all of you who were involved bringing them to justice.
Iam so glad its over it has been a long wait they did plead guilty to all charges,they are the most vile people i know even the devil would not take them,my husband passed away with all the stress we had,now i am going to try and rebuild my life after everything we lost, even though they pleaded guilty they were still trying to say it was everyones fault except them. I would like to thank all of you who were involved bringing them to justice. bluemccoy@hotmail.co.uk
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