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HA sees racist pest barred for three years

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal

HA sees racist pest barred for three years HA sees racist pest barred for three years

A housing association has secured an injunction against a pest who engaged in racial abuse, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour.

North Lincolnshire Homes (NLH) took the action against Darren Towle, who can no longer enter the Barton areas of Lincolnshire Yarborough Court, Lincoln Drive, Kingston View, Goodhand Close, Holgate Court, River View, Fairfield Drive, Blyth Court and Hopper Close.

If the 45-year-old is found in the forbidden zones at any point over the next three years he will be arrested.

In May, NLH was granted an emergency injunction to prevent Towle entering Yarborough Court and banning him from contacting witnesses in a criminal case following an incident of racially motivated criminal damage.

In June, Towle, of no fixed abode, appeared before Grimsby County Court where he signed an undertaking document which specifically stated he would not interfere with a named person and the emergency injunction was suspended due to some bail conditions Towle had in criminal proceedings.

The racist pest breached the undertaking three times.

Towle was sentenced to nine months in prison after pleading guilty to racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated criminal damage and four weeks to run concurrently for breaching the undertaking.

Claire Coyle, NLH's tenancy enforcement manager for, said: “Using civil powers we have been able to prevent Towle from entering a large area of Barton for the next three years and working with the police we will be able to make sure we can put an end to his days of making individuals lives a misery.

“Even though he is not one of our tenants we’ve still be able to successfully apply for the injunction to protect existing tenants and prevent any further potential crimes in the area. We will continue to use all the civil powers available to us to keep our tenants safe and prevent them from disrupting other people’s lives.”

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