Criminal behaviour order against homeless man varied

28 December 2016

The terms of a criminal behaviour order banning a homeless man from parts of Newark have been varied after he breached the order for which he was also sent to prison. 

Paul Bryan (65) is currently serving a jail sentence for breaking the conditions of a criminal behaviour order, imposed in June 2016, and is due to be released at the end of January. 

Following the breach Nottinghamshire Police, with the support of Newark and Sherwood District Council, applied to Nottingham magistrates for the order to be varied.

Mr Bryan, who was already barred from Sconce and Devon Park and neighbouring allotments, is now barred from an area within the Newark town centre, which includes Newark Market Place.

The terms of the original order, which prohibited him from being in a state of drunkenness in an area to the west of the centre, including Riverside Park, Newark Castle and Newark Lock remain in place. He is also forbidden from being in possession of an open vessel containing alcohol in these areas and from using threatening, intimidating or insulting language in public. He has also been ordered not to beg for money or cigarettes in these two specified areas of the town.

At the hearing on December 20 magistrates were told that Mr Bryan had behaved in a manner that has caused or was likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to members of the public. The order will remain in place until June 2018.

District council community safety manager Ben Adams said: "We and our partners have worked to support Mr Bryan in addressing his issues but we must put first the need to further protect the public from incidents of anti-social behaviour." 

Police Inspector Louise Clarke said "The police and the district council work together to support the community of Newark, to enable people to go about their business without interference from others.

"We work hard to tackle those who behave in an anti-social manner and who negatively impact the wider community, while still offering support for the individual involved."  

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