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Nottinghamshire woman issued with CBO to protect neighbours

A woman who carried out a campaign of harassment against her neighbours has been issued a criminal behaviour order banning her from parts of her hometown.

Janette Moffat, aged 66, has been issued with an indefinite Criminal Behaviour Order by Nottinghamshire Magistrates’ Court after a joint application from Nottinghamshire Police and Newark and Sherwood District Council.

The order was made in reaction to a campaign of harassment towards her neighbours, during which Moffat repeatedly made false and malicious reports to the police and council about a number of individuals.

The application to the court also evidenced Moffat’s history of verbal abusive towards local young people.

The order has no end date and forbids Moffat from:

  • Causing any nuisance or annoyance to any person living at or visiting John Gold Avenue and Hercules Drive
  • Entering Barnby Road Academy
  • Entering Barnby Road Play Area
  • Making malicious complaints to any agency including Newark and Sherwood District Council and / or the police
  • Be verbally abusive to any young person under the age of 18
  • Using any electronic device to film, record or photograph any person when on their private property.
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Inspector Matthew Ward, district commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “It is always disappointing when a person’s detrimental behaviour can’t be effectively changed for the better through the work of my officers and our partners at Newark and Sherwood District Council, but I am pleased that through that joint work we have been able to evidence the need for a CBO to be issued to Ms Moffat.

“The fact the court has issued an indefinite order with such conditions demonstrates not only the seriousness of the repeated actions of Ms Moffat but also that Newark Neighbourhood Policing Team will take action against those determined to cause misery for others and support those victims of antisocial behaviour.”

Criminal Behaviour Orders are an effective way of combating antisocial behaviour and criminality because the conditions can be tailored to specifically address the offending behaviour.

Councillor David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “Ms Moffat repeatedly harassed those living in her local area, with neighbours left feeling unsettled in their own home. We will not tolerate this unacceptable behaviour and this Criminal Behaviour Order shows the courts also recognise the need for action in this case.

“I hope this order allows those affected to feel more settled in our community, without fear of constant harassment. I also hope Ms Moffat moves forward from this and accepts the support she has previously been offered.

“I am encouraged to see the partnership between the District Council and Newark Police once again working effectively to improve the safety and wellbeing in our community and I look forward to seeing more successful action being taken in the future.”

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