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Council obtains their first ever Criminal Behaviour Order

Tuesday 22 October

 

Ashfield District Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team has been successful in obtaining their first ever Criminal Behaviour Order following a conviction.

Ian Hensworth, of Hartley Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield was convicted in his absence of two offences of failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice that the Council had issued following a series of complaints they received about noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour at the address. Council officers and the Police attended the address and found Hensworth and others were behaving aggressively, were drunk, shouting and swearing, and were causing a nuisance to local residents. The court also heard that the Police have recorded a significant number of incidents in relation to Ian Hensworth’s behaviour.

The magistrates imposed a fine of £100 for the first offence, no separate penalty for the second offence, £30 victim surcharge and £100 contribution to costs, totalling £230. 

In sentencing the magistrate stated that it was reasonable to impose a Criminal Behaviour Order and made the order in the terms sought for a period of two years.

Hensworth apologised to the court adding that he finds it impossible to behave in an orderly manner.

Cllr Daniel Williamson, Cabinet member for Community Safety said “This is a great result for Ashfield District Council. A Criminal Behaviour Order is designed to tackle the most serious and persistent anti-social individuals and provides a punishment for those who think it’s acceptable to harass, or cause alarm or distress to the public.

“We take anti-social behaviour seriously, and this result shows that we will take things to the highest level in order to stop people who think it is ok to behave this way in our communities. I want to make it clear that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and we will come for you if you chose to behave in this way.”

Hensworth’s Criminal Behaviour Order will be in place for two years. Breaching the order could result in him being sent back to court.