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Fife man given house guest limit

Fife Council
Fife Council was granted the two year Asbo

A man has been banned from having more than three guests in his home in the first case of its kind in Fife.

The Levenmouth resident was issued with the Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) after it was granted to the council at a hearing at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

He is also banned from playing loud music or shouting and swearing within the property under the two year order.

Breaching an Asbo carries a penalty of up to a £5,000 fine or five years in prison.

Fiona Alder, Fife Council housing investigation co-ordinator, said: "We are delighted that a sheriff has agreed with our request for this Asbo as this will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for residents in the area.

"The main problem is the noise caused by the volume of people congregating within a small flat.

"The granting of this order offers protection to the residents and basically means that the offender is breaking the law if more than four people [including himself] are in his property at any one time."

Fife Council currently has 119 Asbo's in place, with 117 other cases under investigation, 25 of which are in the Levenmouth area.

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