Fined: Pigeon-feeding pensioner who scattered raw meat in neighbours' gardens in Wanstead
PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 November 2018
A pigeon-feeding pensioner who would who sneak into her neighbours' gardens and scatter offerings of raw meat and nuts has been fined.
Jennifer Bagram, of Grosvenor Road, Wanstead, was fined £600 for flouting repeated orders banning her from spreading food near her home and on Wanstead High Road.
The 65-year-old was also ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a £170 victim surcharge - landing her with a total bill of £1,770.
Barkingside Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday, November 2 how Bagram would dump large quantities of bird feed, raw meat, nuts and other food at the base of trees and in open spaces and alleyways up to four times a day.
Witnesses reported that she would enter private gardens uninvited to disperse her unique assortment of a snacks and, when asked to stop, would hurl abuse at them.
Flocks of pigeons would reportedly descend upon the food, damaging neighbouring properties.
The meat also attracted families of foxes to the area, digging up and nesting in gardens.
Exasperated neighbours were driven to installing spikes and anti-bird measures to avoid the onslaught.
Her neighbours also reported rat infestations in their homes and gardens.
Redbridge Council issued Bagram a Community Protection Notice (CPN) in 2016 after mounting complaints.
But, undeterred, she continued her clandestine food disperals near her home and on the High Road for two years.
On September 14 this year, Bagram pleaded guilty to breaching six CPNs after being caught on CCTV in January.
Three local residents attended her criminal behaviour order (CBO) hearing and sentencing on Friday to give evidence.
An indefinite CBO was imposed banning Bagram from putting out food anywhere in the borough or abusing anyone that has reported her anti-social behaviour.
A breach of the order could lead to an increased fine or imprisonment.
Cabinet member for civic pride Cllr John Howard said: “We have tried to work with Ms Bagram but unfortunately our repeated warnings have been ignored.”
He added: “It’s not fair for local people to be suffering because of her persistent anti-social behaviour and she left us with no option but to take court action.”