Complaints of shouting and swearing lead to legal action

An interim Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) has been granted against John Ritchie (41) of Salt Preston Place, Prestonpans following an application to the court by East Lothian Council.

The court was presented with details of the alleged antisocial behaviour of Mr Ritchie which included shouting, swearing and banging doors at his property and allowing visitors to act in a similar manner which caused alarm and distress to others.

The terms of the interim ASBO prohibits Mr Ritchie or visitors to his house from behaving in a way that causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress to others and includes shouting, swearing and using aggressive, abusive or intimidating language or behaviour in Salt Preston Place. He is also prohibited from having more than two visitors at his house at any one time, except individuals who are there for the course of their employment.

A council spokesperson said: “The interim ASBO served on Mr Ritchie has resulted from repeated complaints from residents in Salt Preston Place, Prestonpans who have been alarmed and disturbed by his behaviour. East Lothian Council will take the strongest possible action against those whose behaviour causes alarm and distress to others. In this case, members of the council’s Safer Communities Team worked alongside officers from Police Scotland in preparing the evidence submitted to Court.”

Published: Thursday, 13th September 2018