Asbo OAP fined £200 for threatening neighbours

William Myles was served with an Asbo in 2013. Picture: Jane Barlow
William Myles was served with an Asbo in 2013. Picture: Jane Barlow
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A GREAT grandfather who breached his Asbo for threatening to knock his neighbours out has been fined £200.

Former army sergeant ­William Myles, 77, also made a rude gesture at Neil Robson and James Browne during an argument with them over a dog.

Myles, who is thought to be Scotland’s oldest Asbo holder, was first given the order in September 2013 at Haddington Sheriff Court over repeated arguments between him and Mr Robson and Mr Browne.

He was arrested in November 2014 after lashing out at the couple.

He said that he snapped after they put up a gate and fence across what he saw as a communal driveway.

Haddington Sheriff Court heard that he asked the couple to open the gate so he could retrieve his dog, who was in their garden.

When they refused, he snarled: “I’ll knock you out.” He then flicked a V-sign at them.

Myles, who is registered blind, admitted threatening behaviour and making an obscene gesture at an earlier Haddington Sheriff Court appearance. Sentence had been deferred for Myles, who uses a white cane, to be of good behaviour.

The pensioner, of Prestonpans, East Lothian, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court because Haddington Sheriff Court had closed earlier this year.

On Monday, the court was told that Myles was sorry for his actions.

Sheriff Peter Braid felt that the sentence could be dealt with by imposing a fine.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Order was imposed following a series of arguments with his neighbours between 2011 and 2013.

The ongoing feud began following a dispute over access and parking at their seaside homes. Mr Myles was told that he would no longer be allowed to use a shared driveway to park his car, and was forced to park on the high street several hundred yards away.

After a number of confrontations, Mr Robson and Mr Browne complained, prompting East Lothian Council officials to investigate.

They compiled a lengthy dossier of the former support worker’s anti-social 
behaviour against the pair, which included verbal abuse and threats and obscene gestures.

Myles was served with his anti-social behaviour order on September 30, though he insisted at the time that he was the aggrieved party in proceedings, saying all he ever wanted to do was park his car and he had never had a problem with previous neighbours.