Nuisance neighbour remanded in custody

A NUISANCE neighbour whose ‘drink-fuelled disorder’ has caused a headache for Rothbury residents has been remanded in custody.

Magistrates sitting at South East Northumberland court refused a second bail application for 55-year-old June Clifford, of Addycombe Gardens in Rothbury, after she pleaded guilty to two breaches of an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo), harrassment and failing to appear at court. She also pleaded not guilty to another breach of her Asbo, for which she will stand trial in June.

Clifford will be sentenced for the offences to which she pleaded guilty after the trial has concluded.

Last Thursday, the court heard that witnesses in the trial and victims of Clifford’s disorder and harassment are her neighbours and it was felt that she should not return to Rothbury. But no suitable address could be found for her to stay and she was remanded until Tuesday when another application was made by Clifford’s solicitor, Barry Row.

But prosecutor Claire Paczko said: “There are substantial concerns from the Crown that the defendant will commit further offences.

“When the defendant is under the influence of alcohol she causes major problems for the people of Rothbury.”

Clifford will appear via videolink at the court on June 7 at 10.10am and will stand trial on June 16.