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Police want ASBO for woman who allegedly made 100 calls to Crimestoppers

The PSNI are seeking to take out an ASBO against an Antrim woman who they allege has bombarded 'Crimestoppers' with 100 hoax calls in a seven month period.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Order is being sought against Joanne Mitchell (44) of Greenview Avenue, Antrim Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday.

The application alleges Mitchell 'on various dates acted in an anti-social manner, that is to say, in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as yourself, namely between 17 February 2016 and 25th September 2016 you made 100 online reports to Crimestoppers which were subsequently relayed to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.'

The police application states the ASBO 'is necessary to protect relevant persons from further anti-social acts'.

The ASBO contains the following - 'Prohibited from causing harassment, alarm or distress, or behaving in any way that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person or acting in any anti social manner.

'In particular prohibited from using words, behaviour or gestures that are rude, offensive, indecent or obscene to any person and prohibited from causing harm in a manner that would be construed as threatening or intimidating to any person.'

If granted, the Order would also ban Mitchell 'from contacting Crimestoppers or any similar services by any means including via any internet capable device whether owned by you or any third person or service.'

She would be 'prohibited from owning or using any internet capable device, any Wi-Fi capable connection dongle, hub, router or similar device.'

District Judge Liam McNally said it was a long time since he had dealt with such an application.

A defence lawyer said he opposed the application saying Mitchell is already the subject of stringent bail conditions in connection with ongoing cases.

The application was adjourned until January 31 and a police inspector said they will be calling three witnesses.

Mitchell is currently charged with contacting Crimestoppers and falsely stating there was a bomb in her street and that shots had been fired.

Crimestoppers is separate from the emergency telephone number system and allows a member of the community to provide anonymous information about criminal activity.

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