Villagers’ nightmare revealed after anti-social behaviour injunctions issued to man and woman in Rippingale

A MAN and woman whose behaviour “blighted the lives of villagers” have been served with anti-social behaviour injunctions.

South Kesteven District Council applied for the orders against Anne-Marie Fenton and David Baldwin, of Dovecote Estate, Rippingale which were granted at Peterborough County Court on Friday last week.

Police have also been involved and say they had to increase patrols in the village and put a mobile CCTV van on the Dovecote Estate for a week to help tackle the problems.

The district council said in a statement that Fenton and Baldwin “conducted a sustained campaign of behaviour that blighted the lives of villagers in Rippingale.”

The injunctions prevent Fenton and Baldwin, who are tenants of South Kesteven District Council, from engaging in conduct which causes a nuisance or annoyance, harassment, alarm or distress. Failure to comply with the terms of the injunction could result in a fine or imprisonment.

One resident, who spoke to the Mercury but wished to remain anonymous, said: “It has been hell. I worked hard to buy my house, it was my safe haven, a place to bring up my family but now it is more like my prison.

“It has just been a nightmare, five families have moved off the estate because of it.

“It is just horrible, it was a nice place to live and now people hide in their houses and check to see who is outside before leaving it.”

Interim head of housing and neighbourhoods Ian Richardson said: “Our tenants and residents have a right to be able to feel safe in their homes.

“We acted on behalf of the community to protect the interests of residents and prevent further anti-social behaviour.”

Council strategic director Tracey Blackwell added: “There have been serious issues in Rippingale and we have worked closely with Lincolnshire Police to bring about improvements for local people who have a right to live peacefully in their community.

“Arrangements have been made to meet with local residents to discuss these matters further.”

A meeting took place last night between about 20 families on the estate, police and representatives from the council to discuss how more could be done to resolve anti-social problems in the village.

A police spokesman said: “This issue has been treated as a high priority by Lincolnshire Police for some time and everything possible is being done to bring about a positive resolution.

“In relation to the Dovecote, Rippingale, the Bourne Neighbourhood Policing Team has worked hard to gain injunctions against two individuals, which have conditions not to engage or incite any conduct which causes harassment, alarm or distress to the residents of Rippingale or within the whole village of Rippingale, among other conditions.”

Police say they have spoken to residents and taken numerous witness statements regarding alleged offences including harassment, possession of a bladed article, criminal damage and public order.

They have also had extra patrols there for three weeks and have worked with the Community Safety Partnership and the district council.