Man is banned from street

STEPHEN PULLINGER Neighbours sobbed with relief at the back of the court yesterday as a two-year anti-social behaviour injunction was imposed on a father who had tormented their village street.

STEPHEN PULLINGER

Neighbours sobbed with relief at the back of the court yesterday as a two-year anti-social behaviour injunction was imposed on a father who had tormented their village street.

The County Court in Yarmouth heard how Colin Moyse, 50, had deafened families with sustained loud music, sworn at children and made obscene gestures.

Some residents in Yarmouth Road, Hemsby, near Yarmouth, lived in so much fear of him that they did not venture into their garden, District Judge Robert Sparrow was told.

As well as imposing the order, banning Moyse from the road where his ex-wife lives, and forbidding him from harassing residents there, the judge also imposed a suspended two-month prison sentence for a breach of an interim injunction which ran out at the end of November.

He told Moyse: "These witnesses were upset having to come to court but I did not detect any exaggeration in their evidence and I believed them. I take this matter very seriously but, above all, I want peace. The prison sentence will be suspended for as long as you comply with the injunction."

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Andrew Lindqvist, counsel for Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said interim injunctions had been imposed from January 4 to June 2 and July 14 to November 30.

In the gap between them, Moyse had wasted no time in coming back to Hemsby to torment Yarmouth Road residents.

He said the occasion on which Moyse breached the injunction was on September 17, when he drove his white van along Yarmouth Road making obscene gestures.

Yarmouth Road resident Angela Buttifant told how he had come back straight after the first injunction expired, smirking as he played loud music in his ex-wife's garden, including such songs as Good To Be Back and Who Let the Dogs Out.

Her husband, Paul, told the court how their young daughter was sworn at forcibly when she asked for her ball back.

Hemsby resident Peter Burns told the court he was at a party at the Buttifants' home when he saw Moyse smash a fence panel and then threaten to punch him.

Lisa Howlett, one of the Yarmouth Road residents to see Moyse drive past in September, breaking his earlier injunction, said the situation had become so stressful she had been forced to give up her job at a local Esso garage.

Moyse, who was given a conditional discharge at Norwich Crown Court earlier this month, after admitting giving amphetamines to his two young daughters, denied being the driver of the van in September and accused the residents of acting childishly in some of the disputes, for example by dialling 999 after the row over the ball.

His counsel, Nicholas Michael, told the judge that the injunction breach was disputed, but that if it had occurred, it was only a minor one.