Harassment charge for man prevented from entering home in Downham Market

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A man who was prevented from entering his home for six weeks following the granting of a court order earlier this month has been fined for harassment.

Yesterday, William Loasby, 30, of no fixed abode, appeared before Lynn magistrates to be sentenced after admitting racially or religiously aggravated harassment during a previous appearance on Tuesday.

The bench was told that the incident happened in Downham on Friday, November 28.

He was given a two-year criminal behaviour order along with being fined £125, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.

Two weeks ago, Loasby was prevented from entering his home in Glebe Road, Downham, until January 15 after West Norfolk Council was granted an order, one of the first of its kind in the country, to close the property.

The order was granted under new powers designed to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.

The court had been told during a hearing on December 5 that there had been several loud parties at the property and the latest claim was described as a 10-hour rave.

Complaints were made about the level noise, recorded from 5.30pm on Friday, November 28, until 4am the following morning.