Sunderland magistrates slap two-year ASBO on nightmare teen Zoe

Sunderland Magistrates Court.
Sunderland Magistrates Court.
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A NIGHTMARE tenant who left neighbours afraid to leave their own homes has been hit with a court order.

People living near Zoe Hourigan complained of months of abusive language, loud noise, rowdy drunken disturbances and aggressive and intimidating behaviour from the 19-year-old and visitors to her home in Hetton.

Now the teenage troublemaker has been given a two-year Antisocial Behaviour Order (Asbo) banning her from shouting, swearing, damaging property, threatening people, or playing loud music.

Sunderland City Council’s antisocial behaviour team successfully applied for a temporary Asbo at the city’s magistrates’ court in August after hearing about incidents at Hourigan’s former home in Edward Street.

Now a permanent order has been granted by JPs sitting at the court.

Hourigan told the court that she had left the property and was now living with her family.

Councillor Tom Foster, chairman of the Safer Sunderland Partnership, said: “We hope this Asbo sends out a clear message that the council and its partners will not tolerate antisocial behaviour in Sunderland.

“I applaud the residents who contacted the city council’s Antisocial Behaviour Team. No one should have to tolerate such behaviour and feel afraid to leave their own homes.”

Breach of the order is an offence and can result in a fine or being sent to prison for up to five years.

* To report antisocial behaviour, call the antisocial behaviour team on 520 5555, or the Neighbourhood Helpline on 0300 1000 101.

All information received is treated in the strictest of confidence and anonymity will be respected.

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