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AXMINSTER:Woman jailed for being a nightmare neighbour

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

AN AXMINSTER woman, who distressed her neighbours with a string of anti-social behaviour offences, has been jailed for 15 weeks. Joanna Dyson had appeared in court on several occasions since December last year, following regular reports of behaviour that caused “unwanted harassment, alarm and distress” to residents of Second Avenue. A former teacher, Mrs Dyson, 54, who moved to the area less than a year ago, had already been banned from a number of local shops due to her behaviour, which began to cause problems at the end of last year. Police say her imprisonment will “send a message” to others in the area who may disturb their neighbours with inappropriate behaviour. Axminster Beat Manager PC Simon Rodgers said the neighbourhood police team had been working for months to bring the woman to justice. In a statement, he said: “This is a positive result for the residents living next to this individual and shows that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. He added: “Devon and Cornwall Police are committed to stopping and preventing this form of behaviour and it sends a message out to those individuals who act in this way that both the courts and police take it seriously.” Since moving to Axminster in September last year, Mrs Dyson has frequently distressed her neighbours with behavioural offences including verbal abuse and harassment, a police report explained. Shopkeepers have complained about her behaviour since December, and police have been making renewed efforts to control the problems. On July 28th she was imprisoned for 15 weeks as a result of a breach of her court restraining order.

u In a separate incident, police seized a quantity of drugs and other materials from a property in the Bonners Glen area of Axminster. Working with colleagues from the Honiton neighbourhood police team, officers executed a warrant to enter the property, where they recovered a quantity of controlled drugs and a number of items used for production. An Axminster man has been released on bail and is due to appear at Exeter Police Station in October, while enquiries are ongoing. As a result of a similar operation in March, another Axminster man has appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court, after being charged with the production of cannabis and fined £150.


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