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Asbo ban for mother and daughters
Christine  Maughan and her daughters Ann-Marie and Julie
None of the three defendants attended the hearing
A traveller and her two teenage daughters have been banned from "cold calling" at homes anywhere in the UK and from entering Denbighshire for five years.

Christine Maughan, 56, and daughters Anne-Marie, 18, and Julie, 16, were given anti-social behaviour orders.

The hearing at Denbigh magistrates court went ahead in their absence.

The trio must not use threatening or intimidating behaviour, beg, or try to obtain goods or services by deception.

They are prevented from entering Denbighshire unless they have the permission of the police or council, the court was told.

An interim order was granted against all three, who were described as travellers, when they appeared before magistrates at Prestatyn last month.

They're an illiterate family. It's fair to say they have a short concentration span
Gerry Pachter, defending

On Tuesday magistrates was told that the mother was in custody and that both teenagers were thought to be in the Merseyside area.

But Kenderick Horne, for North Wales Police said the fact that they were not in court did not stop the court from proceeding.

Mr Horne also said Cheshire Police were concerned about an alleged crime spree by the Maughan family earlier this year and he suggested that the terms of the Asbo should also ban them from Chester, Frodsham and Northwich.

'Concentration span'

However, magistrates refused the application after hearing that this would prevent them from using the main M56 road.

A previous hearing had been told how 16-year-old Julie Maugham had spat at the vicar of Prestatyn, Reverend Quentin Bellamy and his wife, Reverend Katherine Bellamy, after asking for money to buy train tickets to Manchester.

The three had also called at Rhyl and Prestatyn homes claiming a car had broken down and seeking assistance.

The court heard they often called at "very neat homes with neat gardens, the type where elderly people live".

Gerry Pachter, defending the family, did not oppose the orders, but said they should not exceed five years.

He said "They're an illiterate family. It's fair to say they have a short concentration span."

Mr D C Roberts, chairman of the bench, said; " We have found that they behaved in anti-social manner."

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