A TERRORISED mum who fought back against anti-social behaviour on her Poole estate has had her case taken up by the Prime Minister.
Gordon Brown expressed his hope for a swift end to the “appalling circumstances” endured by Asher Nardone and her neighbours on the Rossmore Estate.
In a letter to the mum-of-two he told her “Nobody should have to put up with living in such dreadful conditions,” and assured her case was being given the personal attention of David Hanson, minister of state for policing and security at the Home Office.
She told the Echo: “I battled and battled and battled. I knew one day they were going to have to listen.”
Asher, 39, a full time carer for here severely disabled son, suffered years of abuse after moving to the estate in 2006, including bricks thrown through her windows, repeatedly vandalism of her car, and verbal and even physical attacks.
Her harrowing story catapulted her into the public eye, not least for its haunting similarities to that of Fiona Pilkington, a single mum driven to take her own life and that of her severely disabled daughter after years of anti-social abuse.
Asher’s campaign for action forced her case onto the national agenda.
She has made six television appearances in the last five months, including in ITV documentary ‘Tonight’ on Thursday, and her case has been covered in national newspapers.
As well as the personal letter from the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Asher has received emails from Conservative leader David Cameron who described the situation as “frankly appalling”, and contact with a host of top politicians and police officers.
She added: “I have sent more than 700 emails and got to the top of government to make them listen.”
According to the Prime Minister’s letter Dorset Police, along with other local agencies, will now be “carrying out a comprehensive review of antisocial behaviour” in the area to identify “lessons learnt” and make proposals to “improve the response” to the problem.
Asher, whose home is a virtual fortress with cameras, an alarm and bars on the window, said she still feared something could happen “at any time”, but said the situation had improved with “more police than ever” making regular patrols.
She said her publicity had “made all the difference,” adding: “All eyes are on Poole and this little estate.”
• A Dorset Police spokesman said the problems on the estate were the “subject of continual action” by Dorset Police and its partners, the Borough of Poole.”
A Borough of Poole statement said the main perpetrators had been evicted and the council and police had used a range of methods “including acceptable behaviour contracts, dispersal notices, anti-social behaviour orders and, more recently, a restorative justice conference, to address broader issues on the estate.”