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ASBO Issued To Local Couple

Borough of Poole and Dorset Police have successfully obtained anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO) against a man and woman who caused harassment and distress to residents in Hamworthy, Poole.

Richard Michael Steele, aged 42, of Nathan Gardens and Lynsey Jane Fowler aged 42 of Seabourne Road, Boscombe will be subject to the order for two years, following a hearing at Bournemouth Magistrates Court on 16 April 2013.

The order states Mr Steele must not:
* Have any contact, in any manner whatsoever, either directly or indirectly with named persons;
* Threaten, harass, alarm and/or distress any resident or guest of a resident of Nathan Gardens in Poole;
* Damage any property belonging to or attached to any property belonging to any resident or guest of any resident of Nathan Gardens in Poole.

The order states Ms Fowler must not:
* Have any contact, in any manner whatsoever, either directly or indirectly with named persons;
* Enter the area known as Nathan Gardens in Poole.

Bournemouth Magistrates Court heard that Mr Steele and Ms Fowler had caused harassment and distress to Steele’s immediate neighbours through noise, verbal abuse and threats.  Family members have been assaulted and their car damaged.

Ian Cooke, Safer Communities Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "Borough of Poole, with the support of Dorset Police, applied for these ASBOs to protect vulnerable neighbours from the behaviour of Steele and Fowler who were deliberately bullying and harassing them.

"We hope this action sends a clear message to those who commit anti-social behaviour in Poole's communities that we will investigate and prosecute such incidents through the courts."

There are a number of ways to report anti-social behaviour. If it is an emergency, and someone’s safety or property is at risk, please call Dorset Police on 999.

If it is less urgent, there are four options:
* call the Police non emergency number 101 (24 hour service) if you need a police officer to attend or visit, or to report a crime;
* call Borough of Poole on 01202 633438 (during working hours) if you want to complain about an incident that has occurred and you need help or support, or you want us to investigate with our partners;
* report the incident online at boroughofpoole.com using the 'report it' form;
* contact Crimestoppers or 0800 555 111 to report problems anonymously.