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ANTI-SOCIAL BEAVIOUR: Man given a Criminal Behaviour Order for ongoing anti-social behaviour in St Albans

 Published on: 11th September 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Thirty-six-year-old Matthew Brooks was given a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by St Albans Magistrates on Tuesday, September 8, for ongoing abusive behaviour fuelled by alcohol.

Brooks, from Cutmore Drive in Colney Heath, pleaded guilty to breaching his Community Protection Notice (CPN) which was issued after he breached his Community Protection warning (CPW).

Sergeant Mike Saunders from the Community Safety Unit explained: “Despite issuing Brooks with a CPW, and later a CPN, Brooks continued to come to our notice on seven separate occasions between February and July causing anti-social behaviour in St Albans city centre and in shops whilst he was drunk.

“Such behaviour will not be tolerated and therefore, for the safety of members of the public, including police officers and paramedics, the police and CPS applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) under Section 22 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. If he breaches the CBO conditions, he will be arrested.”

Under the CBO, Brooks must:

1. Not to be intoxicated within the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) area of St Albans (area map of alcohol exclusion zone pictured).

2. Not to be in possession of an open vessel of alcohol within the PSPO area of St Albans.

3. Not to be rude or abusive or act in a disorderly or aggressive manner towards any person in Hertfordshire.

4. Not to enter any premises or businesses whilst intoxicated or act in a disorderly or aggressive manner in St Albans.

Sergeant Saunders added: “I would urge any residents who believe they are witnessing Brooks breaching his conditions detailed above to not approach him but instead contact us with the details.”

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