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  • 86 year old get's ASBO

    By Ian Fannon Daily Post Staff

    GREAT-GRANDFATHER Alexander Muat, 86, has become the oldest person to be served with an anti-social behaviour order.

    Mr Muat is accused of making his neighbours' lives a misery by shouting abuse, harassing them and loudly banging his windows, garage door and bin lids

    Knowsley magistrates granted an interim ASBO against Mr Muat pending the outcome of a full hearing at the court in July.

    It was applied for by Merseyside Police following complaints from 11 neighbours in Bowring Park Avenue, Huyton, Merseyside.

    It prevents Mr Muat from doing any of the following in a way that would cause harassment, alarm or distress to his neighbours:

    * Banging his windows, garage door, bin lids or any other object.

    * Filming, videoing or taking photographs of residents, their visitors or their property.

    * Shouting, swearing, name-calling or making sarcastic remarks to residents or their visitors.

    * Driving any vehicle into a driveway other than his own in a section of Bowring Park Avenue.

    * Turning the volume up on the television beyond a reasonable level between 8.30pm and 9am.

    * Intentionally following his neighbours, either on foot or in a vehicle, along a section of the road.

    Mr Muat, who is hard of hearing, spoke only to confirm his name and address during a short hearing.

    His solicitor agreed to the conditions being imposed until the full hearing can take place. If he breaks any of them, he faces the threat of criminal prosecution.

    Sgt Mark Stanton, the local authority liaison officer for Knowsley police, said the saga had lasted at least seven years.

    An ASBO was originally applied for last July, but was abandoned while police investigated allegations of criminal behaviour against Mr Muat.

    Those have now been completed, enabling the ASBO to be taken up again.

    Sgt Stanton said: "While these conditions may seem stringent, particularly for a person of his age, we feel we must take firm action to support residents who suffer from anti-social neighbours.

    "Nobody is beyond this sort of action and what we have done shows the measure of support we will give to people in such circumstances.

    "I think it is equally important that Mr Muat is aware of what is reasonable behaviour and what the courts will deem to be unacceptable."

    But Mr Muat, who has lived in the road all his life, claims his neighbours made up the accusations because he complained about high fences they erected in their back gardens.

    He said: "Since then it has all turned nasty and they have been telling the police I make lots of noise and give them abuse.

    "I do not do that. I live a quiet life and they are just making things up about me to give me trouble."

    Four of Mr Muat's neighbours were at the court for the hearing.

    One middle-aged woman, who asked not to be named, said: "All we have ever asked is that he lives his life and leaves us alone, but he refuses to let any of us do that."
    "Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. You must be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi

  • #2

    any age can make noise, and how often do we hear that it is to get back at people?

    ASBO orders are not just given willy nilly so there must of been evidence that he was doing this


    • #3
      Thanks Misty - interesting story! Added it to the main site's news archive.


      • #4
        An Update:

        Abusive OAP, 86, held in custody May 13 2003

        By Claire Usher Daily Post Correspondent

        THE oldest man in the UK to be served with an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) was remanded in custody yesterday for allegedly continuing to harass his neighbours.

        Alexander Muat, 86, from Bowring Park Avenue, Huyton, appeared before Knowsley magistrates for the second time in a week after being accused of making excessive noise and annoying residents.

        Last month the pensioner was served with an interim Asbo banning him from shouting abuse, creating a noise nuisance, intentionally following people or filming or photographing residents.

        But he allegedly broke these rules and was in court on Thursday when he was bailed to appear in court on a future date. On Saturday he is again alleged to have broken the Asbo and was arrested. Yesterday he was remanded in custody until May 19.

        The magistrates told him: "Considering the offence happened when you were on bail for the last offence, the recent anti-social behaviour order imposed and the close proximity of these two offences, there are no bail conditions which we feel would prevent further offences of a similar nature."

        "We have taken regard of your age, however, and we have had to balance this action with the public interest."

        His full hearing is in July.


        Do you think he's senile? In which case shouldn't social services step in? Just a thought.

        "Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. You must be the change that you wish to see in the world." Gandhi