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Police and council hit back with two-year ASBO for man, 33

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

Two-year Asbo: Matthew Lock, 33, from Newton Abbot

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A NEWTON Abbot man has been issued a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order as authorities continue their zero tolerance warnings about unacceptable behaviour.

Devon and Cornwall police and Teignbridge Council obtained the ASBO against Matthew Lock, 33, after a series of incidents including public order offences and ongoing anti-social behaviour.

Lock, of Coronation Road, Broadlands, was made the subject of a full ASBO by South Devon Magistrates' Court sitting in Newton Abbot.

The ASBO was successfully obtained after the court sentenced Lock on August 15, 2012, for an offence under the Public Order Act.

The conditions placed in the ASBO prohibit Lock from acting or encouraging others to act in an anti-social manner within Newton Abbot.

He's also not allowed to use or encourage others to use foul, abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour in any public place in the town.

The ASBO also prohibits him from drinking or being found in possession of alcohol in an open or unsealed container in any public place apart from enclosed licensed premises.

Andy Davies, Teignbridge anti-social behaviour officer, said: "We have tried on numerous occasions to try to help Lock but he has refused assistance.

"His actions stem from lifestyle choices rather than any health issues and, as such, have had a negative impact on the wider community.

"There has to come a point when enough is enough.

"I think this ASBO will serve to prevent future harm to the community.

"However, I would emphasise that ASBOs can benefit from local assistance, and I would urge anybody who witnesses any breaches of this order to contact their local police station."

Sgt Phil Williams, from Devon and Cornwall police's neighbourhood team based at Newton Abbot, said: "We're pleased this order has been granted and local residents will benefit from an improved quality of life.

"This application was sought after a series of incidents involving Lock which included shouting and swearing in the street, persistent drinking in the street and intimidating people.

"He has played loud music at all times of day and night and thrown items from the windows of his house on to the street."

Cllr Kevin Lake, Teignbridge Council's executive spokesman for environment and safety, said: "We only apply for ASBOs as a last possible resort.

"Unfortunately, and despite repeated warnings, Lock chose to ignore any offers of help and assistance and chose to engage in behaviour which was distressing for others."

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  • Sherrill  |  November 28 2012, 8:52PM

    Re: ASBO Mr. Matthew Lock Teignbridge anti-social behaviour officer Davies is talking out of his ass!!! If the Police, social services and mental health agencies had worked together they would have seen that Matthew was crying out for help. Matthew was let down by the lack of communication between these so called agencies. The Police need to investigate themselves as to why Matthew was arrested on 12 occasions and then thrown back on to the street. Surely one of them should have noticed there was mental health problem and communicated with the relevant agency. obviously another case of someone being let down by the system. Mrs. Sherrill Lock (Mother)

  • chrislock  |  November 27 2012, 8:42PM

    this person needed help from social services and the mental health team but was let down by both! the only service that didnt let him down was the police as in the six months he had a mental health illness they arrested him over 20 times - surely that would ring alarm bells! this behaviour could of been nipped in the bud a lot earlier if he had the appropriate help from social services and the mental health team but oh no push the buck to someone else despite desperate attempts for help from friends and family! my advise to anyone else who has a friend or family member who suffers a breakdown or mental health problem is dont bother asking the services for help but just to get the police to issue a ASBO - its a lot quicker and will hopefully save that person also going through six months of hell! i would like to thank the herald express for at least responsibly reporting on this story unlike the irresponsible filth the mid devon advertiser reported!!

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