North Northamptonshire man ordered to pay more than £2,800 for anti-social behaviour

23 January 2024

North Northamptonshire Council has demonstrated its commitment to reduce anti-social behaviour by successfully prosecuting a man from Isham. 

Mr Sam Smith of Station Road, Isham, was charged with the breach of a Community Protection Notice, under Part 4 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, and found guilty in his absence at Northampton Magistrates Court on 3 January. 

The court heard of the anti-social behaviour from Mr Smith towards his neighbours Easimix Concrete Ltd,  how he stored waste and items on land not belonging to him, of his verbal abuse, stone throwing and intimidation which resulted in a Community Protection Warning Notice being issued in October 2022.  

It was noted that the accumulation of waste and items such as a horsebox had not been removed and so a Community Protection Notice was issued in December 2022, allowing seven days for their removal. Despite agreed extensions of time to remove the items and waste, it still remained, and prosecution started in March 2023.   

The first hearing was in June 2023 where Mr Smith admitted to some items but not all of the waste, and the case was adjourned for trial on 3rd January 2024. In his absence Mr Smith was fined £1,100 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £440 and court costs totalling £1,297 (£822 officer costs, £475 legal costs) with a grand total of £2,837.  

This prosecution should make it clear that we will take robust action against those who continually act in a way that is detrimental to our community. 

Antisocial behaviour is committed by a small minority, but it can have a significant negative impact on those living in the areas where it happens. We’re committed to reinforcing work in this area, and in partnership with North Northamptonshire Police and other agencies, to make sure North Northamptonshire is a safe place to live, work and visit.
Councillor Mark Rowley, North Northamptonshire Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Communities and Levelling Up
One of our six commitments in our corporate plan is for North Northamptonshire to be a safe and thriving place to live where everyone has the best opportunities and quality of life.  

Many of us have seen how antisocial behaviour can ruin lives and devastate local communities. Reporting antisocial behaviour incidents early is important to prevent them from escalating.
Jason Smithers, Leader of North Northamptonshire Council

People should report all incidents of antisocial behaviour by calling the police on 101 or completing a short form online at . In an emergency, always call 999.