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Hemel woman who led campaign of abuse against neighbours banned from home for nine years

 Published on: 3rd August 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead woman has been banned from her home for the next nine years.

It is the second time that  Josie Edwards, aged 76, of Ashby Court has been ordered to stay away from her address to protect her neighbours.

She appeared before Luton Crown Court yesterday on Thursday after she breached her previous restraining order in less than 24 hours.

Edwards was previously found guilty by jury of racially aggravated harassment at Luton Crown Court on Thursday May 30.

The court heard that Edwards repeatedly made inappropriate and racist comments towards her neighbours when they were coming and going from their address and using their back garden. The offences began in December 2016.

Following her conviction in May this year, Edwards was remanded into custody for six weeks ahead of her sentencing on July 11 at Luton Crown Court.

There, she was given a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, followed by a five-year restraining order prohibiting her from making direct or indirect contact with the victims.

Yesterday, following Edwards’ breach, she was given a nine-year criminal behaviour order. This prohibits her from residing at or visiting her home in Ashby Court for the duration the order is in place.

In 2007 she had been barred from returning to her home for 10 years when a court passed an Antisocial Behaviour Order for harassing another neighbour.

Speaking after the sentencing, PC Lazarus Clark said: “Edwards’ campaign of abuse made her neighbours’ lives a misery. No one should feel intimidated or harassed in their own home. Edwards showed contempt for the previous order after breaching it in less than a day, hence why we returned to court yesterday.

“I hope this result serves as a warning to those who choose to act in an anti-social and/or racist manner towards those in their community. Edwards’ criminal behaviour order will now finally give her victims respite from her behaviour, as she is no longer able to reside at her address in Ashby Court. She will be able to return on one occasion accompanied by a police officer in order to collect her belongings.

“The local Safer Neighbourhood Team will be monitoring the situation closely and Edwards will be arrested if she breaches any of the conditions.”

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