Hereford & Worcester

Man, 76, avoids jail over Castlemorton Asbo breaches

An elderly man who tormented his neighbours by singing loudly outside their homes and insulting them has been given a 16-week suspended jail term.

Richard Dawe, 76, of Hollybed Street, Castlemorton, must observe a curfew after admitting three breaches of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

The Asbo bans him from causing neighbours fear or distress, Worcester Crown Court heard on Wednesday.

Police said Dawe subjected neighbours to daily verbal abuse and threats.

Sgt Geoff Murphy, from South Worcestershire Police, said Dawe had been the subject of Asbos since 2004 and had breached them on several occasions.

In December 2008 he was charged with breaching the Asbo in the Worcestershire village, he said.

Mr Murphy said: "It started with threats, verbal abuse and from there it just moved on to (what) some people would regard as perhaps antagonising behaviour but when it happens day after day after day and you wake up with a knot in your stomach not knowing if it's going to happen again today it must be a pretty awful feeling."

Dawe was given a three-month curfew which requires him to be at home between 2200 and 0600.

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