A BURNLEY man banned from tormenting his neighbours has admitted shouting abuse and threats, a court heard.

Paul Calvert, 55, had been given an anti-social behaviour order previously for causing trouble with people living nearby in Maple Bank, off Ridge Avenue, Pennine Magistrates’ Court was told.

Prosecutor Alex Mann said he breached the ASBO last Tuesday when he was spotted shouting at neighbours and challenging them to a fight.

Witnesses made statements to the police and it was apparent that the incident had quite an effect on them, Ms Mann told the court. They considered they had been seriously harassed.

Calvert admitted breaching the ASBO and will be sentenced at a later date. The defendant’ previous criminal record was all related to his neighbours and other families on the street.

Joanne Haselden, defending, said her client was an alcoholic and it was acknowledged that there were particular issues between both himself and the neighbours.

She told the court that unfortunately the defendant did not have another address to go to but he had the support of his wife and was attempting to address his difficulties during this difficult time.

Calvert was jailed for 10 weeks in December last year after he admitted using threatening behaviour towards Colin Campbell and breaching a suspended sentence order from the court.

l Calvert denied a separate charge of causing criminal damage to a Saab car which had been parked overnight outside a neighbour’s home.

He was bailed by the court to stand trial on October 30, on condition he does not approach any witnesses in the case.