Anti-social behaviour leads to Criminal Behaviour Order for Sheerness man
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A Criminal Behaviour Order has been imposed on a man who repeatedly committed anti-social behaviour in Sheerness.
Ian Grist, 64, of Kent Road, Sheerness, has been handed the three-year order for prolific begging in the town.
The order bans him from entering Sheerness High Street and prevents him from asking any unknown person for money, sit on the floor or remain outside any shop in Swale unless due to a medical reason.
He is also ordered to ensure he leaves any premise when directed by police, PCSOs or anyone acting in a lawful capacity. He must not enter any premise he has already been banned or excluded from.
Officers from the Swale Community Safety Unit worked with Swale Council to tackle his behaviour and in September 2020 he was handed a written warning.
However, he chose to ignore this and continued to behave in an anti-social manner, negatively affecting the quality of life of residents in the surrounding area.
In April 2021 he was issued with a Community Protection Notice (CPN) and again given an opportunity to address his behaviour but failed to do so.
Again, he ignored the notice and was subsequently arrested for breaching the CPN. He then failed to appear at court in September and a warrant was authorised for his arrest.
Officers tracked him down and brought him to Medway Magistrates’ Court where he was found guilty of breaching the CPN, fined £80 and handed the Criminal Behaviour Order.
PC Jamie Spencer of the Swale Community Safety Unit, said: ‘Kent Police understands the impact that anti-social behaviour such as this can have on residents, businesses and visitors. One person can be responsible for causing a lot of anxiety and stress among those in the community and we are committed to tackling the issue.
'We took this step as a last resort to protect those using the area and hope the court order will lead to Mr Grist improving his behaviour.
'Anyone who witnesses Mr Grist breaching the order should report it to us so that we can take action.'