Portsmouth neighbour from hell gets Asbo to stop abuse

NUISANCE Lisa Ayling outside Portsmouth Magistrates' Court
NUISANCE Lisa Ayling outside Portsmouth Magistrates' Court
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A NIGHTMARE neighbour who made people’s lives a misery has been handed an Asbo to stop her causing trouble.

Lisa Ayling would bang on her neighbours’ doors, shout and swear at them and intimidate those who complained.

Now the 30-year-old alcoholic has been barred from three areas of Portsmouth and banned from drinking in public and causing harassment, alarm or distress to people in the city for two years.

Her ex-partner John Guest was given the same order but Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard he has since moved to Kent and he did not attend the hearing.

PC Andy Sparshott, from the Charles Dickens safer neighbourhood team, who worked with people in the community to apply for the Asbo, said: ‘There’s been a persistent course of action by her which is linked to her alcohol dependency which resulted, over about a year, with her causing a nuisance.

‘Whilst drinking she has been abusive which has caused harassment, alarm and distress to other residents.’

Ayling would stay at flats in Omega House, in Omega Street, Windsor House, in Canal Walk and Sydenham Court, in Berkshire Close and cause problems for those living there.

She and Guest, 32, of no fixed address, would invite other drinkers to come and stay and neighbours put up with loud parties, drunken rows and fights in the streets.

Tim Sparkes, defending, said Ayling had been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of Guest.

But PC Sparshott said: ‘We actively encouraged her to work with us to seek the appropriate support necessary to take her out of the situation she was in but that was refused by her.’

At one point police arrested Guest for assaulting Ayling but she refused to support a prosecution.

‘Action had to be taken to prevent their offending and restore quality of life to the residents,’ PC Sparshott said.

‘The message from the police and the council is that we will always take robust action against individuals who choose to live their lives in a way that affects the quality of life for others in the community.’

PC Kerry Littleales, who works for the council’s anti-social behaviour unit, added: ‘Some of the residents were experiencing sleepless nights and intimidation.

‘These people needed protection and I am pleased that they now have protection.

‘I also hope it makes Lisa go forward and try to sort herself out.’

If Ayling, of Milton Road, Milton, breaches the conditions of the order she can be arrested and face a maximum punishment of five years in prison.