Man in court for breaching ASBO


A man who caused fear and distress within the travelling community pleaded guilty to a breach of his Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) at Snaresbrook Crown Court, 8 September.

On 31 July, James Reilly was arrested after he breached his ASBO. He was found intoxicated on a boat in the middle of the Regents Canal E8.

Mr Reilly was sentenced to 21 days imprisonment suspended for six months. Mr Reilly had twice before breached his ASBO. His previous three weeks suspended sentence from a previous breach of ASBO on 29 April was extended to seven months. His two weeks sentence from a breach of his ASBO on 11 April was also extended for seven months. His Alcohol Treatment Order from May was extended from nine months to 12 months.  

Judge Huskinson warned Mr Reilly that were he to return before the court imprisonment was an option to any future judge. 

James Reilly, 40, from Leabridge, was well known to the Police and the Council, who received regular complaints from residents who were affected for over two years with noise nuisance, violent, aggressive, drunken, rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour. Residents did not feel safe in the area due to the constant anti social behaviour.

Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council
Mr Reilly’s behaviour was real concern to people living in and around traveller sites in Hackney. His violent and aggressive behaviour left us with no other options but to secure an ASBO. “The safety of our residents is our number one concern and the Council and Police will continue to do all we can to support those who feel intimidated or threatened by Mr Reilly. We also hope that this court action will prompt him to accept the help being offered to him.
Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council

The Police and the Council were granted a full Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), which was granted at a sentence hearing at Stratford Magistrates on 30 July.

The conditions of the ASBO are that he:

Must not enter the traveller sites at: Abbey Close, Rendlesham Road, E5 8AQSt Theresa Close, Homerton Road, E9 5EFPalace Close Chapman Road, E9 5DWRuby Close,  Millfield Road,  E5 0AF

Mr Rielly is prohibited from being in a state of drunkenness in any public place Hackney. From being physically and verbally abusive; harassing, assaulting, threatening, intimidating, causing nuisance or annoyance or alarm or distress to any employee, someone working on behalf of the Council or, any person in the borough. The ASBO will be in force for an indefinite period of time and Mr Reilly will have to evidence significant changes in his behaviour to prove that the ASBO is no longer necessary to keep people safe.

Inspector Jeoff Bull, who oversees Leabridge Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: "Reilly’s anti-social behaviour had shattered the peace within various communities and he has showed total disregard for the safety and well being of residents by his abusive and volatile behaviour. This ASBO sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will seek to enforce any breaches.”