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Mountain Ash Residents Protected With ASBO

A nuisance neighbour whose shouting, swearing, banging, arguing and noisy, badly-behaved visitors has affected the lives of other residents for years will have her behaviour curbed with an ASBO.

Officers from Rhondda Cynon Taf's multi-agency Anti Social Behaviour Team had no option but to protect the wider community from the actions of Samantha Page, 32, of Union Street, Mountain Ash.

They attended Pontypridd Magistrates' Court on Thursday, December 4 to secure the two-year order which bans Page from:

· Using verbally abusive or threatening language or behaviour towards any other person

· Shouting in public

· Allowing no more than two people and herself to be in her home between the hours of 8pm and 7am

· Allowing people to remain in her home when she is not present

· Causing any loud noise which is audible outside her home, including shouting or banging

· Contacting a neighbour and his family or encouraging anyone else to do so.

The order was secured after evidence of Page's anti-social offending, going back two years, was presented to the court. This includes 20 anti-social incidences this year alone and a further 46 offences from previous years.

The offences considered all involved phone calls to the police when Page was drunk, shouting, screaming and arguing from her house and bad behaviour from her visitors, including banging on doors and windows, shouting and arguing.

Older offences showed the same almost daily pattern of shouting, screaming, foul language, arguments and disturbances.

David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: "The behaviour of Ms Page has had a distressing and disproportionate impact on the lives of the other people who live in her street and we were determined to take action against her, for the sake of other residents.

"For the duration of the order, Page faces immediate arrest if she offends again and the powers of the order allow police to deal with her very swiftly and efficiently.

"I hope the order serves as a reassurance to the residents of Union Street who we have acted to protect."