Pensioner abused and threatened neighbours

A PENSIONER subjected elderly residents to a tirade of abuse and threatened to hit them when they dared to challenge her.

Daphne Jones, 76, of Bristol Road, St Leonards, targeted neighbours at the nearby Evesham community centre.

She launched several verbal attacks on them as they visited the centre, which provides breakfasts, bingo and lunches for the over 60s.

Two of her victims, both aged in their 80s, confronted Jones about her behaviour, but she threatened to assault them.

Neighbours reported her to police following the abuse, which happened on June 1 last year, and she was summoned to appear in court.

Jones pleaded not guilty to one count of using threatening and abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress when she appeared before Hastings magistrates on November 23.

The case was adjourned until last Thursday (February 3) when she was found guilty after a trial.

Magistrates gave her a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered her to pay £200 costs.

It is not the first time Jones has attracted the attention of police.

In August 2009 the pensioner hit out at officers for constantly asking her to move on in the town centre as she was busking.

Jones was playing the accordian to passers-by to try and raise money to buy her first passport. But within minutes of starting police moved her on.

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• Daphne Jones, who was found guilty of subjecting elderly residents to a tirade of abuse has successfully had her conviction overturned.

Daphne Jones, 76, of Bristol Road, St Leonards appealed against the ruling on Friday at Lewes Crown Court.

Back in February Hastings magistrates found her guilty of using threatening and abusive words likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress.

She had denied the charge at another court hearing two months before where the prosecution said the pensioner launched several verbal attacks on pensioners at the Evesham community centre on July 1 last year.

In February she was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £200 court costs but a judge on Friday quashed the conviction.