OAP’s court ban over abusive signs

Arthur Newey
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A PENSIONER has pledged to ‘keep on fighting’ a 10-year battle with Rotherham Council, despite being handed a restraining order in court.

Arthur Newey, aged 75, has been summoned to court six times during a protracted and angry row with council bosses.

The battle started a decade ago after the council announced plans to knock down Mr Newey’s house to widen a road.

His opposition has continued even after the pensioner defeated the proposals.

Mr Newey’s latest appearance, yesterday afternoon at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court, was in connection with a sign he erected in his garden abusing two councillors.

He admitted erecting the sign at his home on Doncaster Road, Dalton, Rotherham, but refused to plead guilty to charges of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour.

The Crown Prosecution Service agreed to drop the charges - as long as Mr Newey agreed to a restraining order barring him from displaying signs at his property for 12 months.

District Judge John Foster said: “You are not to erect or display signs within the boundary of your premises, except ‘For Sale’ signs, for 12 months.

“Were you to breach that restraining order that would amount to a serious criminal offence. This criminal charge is dismissed and you are free to go.”

Outside court Mr Newey said he would abide by the order, but pledged to keep on fighting for compensation he claims he is due.

“There are ways and means, and I will never give up,” he told The Star.

“We fought for seven years against their plans to take our house.

“Now they owe me for the stress I suffered.”