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Man found guilty of wilful obstruction and planning breach

Published on Tue, 30 Sep 2008
Mr Frank Curley, (41), of Carntall Road, Newtownabbey, was today found guilty at Laganside Magistrates’ Court, of obstructing Planning Service staff and a breach of planning control.
On 22 October 2007 Planning Service staff visited a site at Carntall Road, Newtownabbey, and were obstructed from leaving by Mr Curley.
The Planning Service brought a charge of wilful obstruction under Article 84C of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991. Mr Curley was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £750 to the Planning Service.
He was also convicted for the fourth time for non-compliance with an Enforcement Notice, brought under Article 72 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991, for the unauthorised use of the site for car sales and fined £600 plus court costs of £75.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Article 84C (2) of the Planning (NI) Order 1991 states ‘Any person who wilfully obstructs a person acting in the exercise of a right of entry shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale'.
  2. For further media information please contact the DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0003. Out of office hours please contact the Duty Press Office via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.
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