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Millionaire loses Asbo appeal bid

A millionaire businesswoman has lost her appeal against an Asbo for behaviour described as that of a "neighbour from hell".

However, the terms of the original lifetime and nationwide order imposed on Patricia Bailey, 61, were reduced in length and geographical coverage following the hearing at Southwark Crown Court.

Action was taken against Mrs Bailey after neighbours complained about her abusive behaviour while she was living in a luxury apartment block called Collingwood House in Great Titchfield Street, central London.

She claimed the allegations against her were false and told the court she was in fact the victim.

But Recorder Jeremy Donne QC dismissed Mrs Bailey as a witness who lacked "credibility" and ruled she was guilty of anti-social behaviour.

Recorder Donne said: "Considering the conflicting evidence relating to the appellant's occupation of Flat 3 Collingwood House, we have no hesitation in accepting the evidence of the residents of the surrounding flats on the fifth floor who have given evidence before us.

"In our view, Mrs Bailey is a witness who lacked credibility.

"She is a woman who has great difficulty in living in peaceful harmony with her neighbours.

"She is a woman who is determined to have her own way and to set her own standards and if those around her don't permit her to conduct herself in the way she wishes she becomes confrontational and aggressive.

"We are in no doubt at all that her behaviour did amount to anti-social behaviour."

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