December 5 2013 Latest news:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Crime correspondent
Friday, October 25, 2013
A man who stubbed his cigarette out on the arm of a police officer before kicking and spitting at him is one of two people to have been jailed as part of a crackdown on street drinking and alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in Norwich city centre.
The results come as police continue with increased patrols in problem areas following complaints from residents and businesses.
A man and woman have been jailed for a total of 16 weeks while another man was given a four-year criminal anti-social behaviour order in a bid to tackle drink-fuelled offences. A fourth man charged as part of the clampdown was fined.
John Smith, 41, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 12 weeks after he assaulted a police officer when he was stopped in the city centre.
Smith appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court last week where he pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer.
The charges related to an incident on October 12 when Smith was seen staggering into passers-by in Gentleman’s Walk at lunchtime.
When approached by police, Smith stubbed a cigarette out on the arm of a police officer, before kicking and spitting at him. Smith was jailed and ordered to pay £20 in compensation.
Joanne Turner, 28, of Suffolk Square, was jailed for four weeks at Norwich Magistrates’ Court earlier this month after pleading guilty to breaching an ASBO.
Turner was arrested by officers after she was seen in possession of alcohol on Prince of Wales Road, which she was prohibited from doing.
She also admitted a charge of criminal damage in relation to an incident on October 17 where a cell floor was damaged at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre.
The two-year ASBO was imposed by the court earlier this year on July 17 after Turner admitted a series of offences including being drunk and disorderly in a public place, assaulting a police officer and two counts of assault by beating.
Dougie Croll, 42, of Vale Green, Norwich, was given a four-year CRASBO with conditions banning him from being drunk in a public place in Norfolk after appearing at the city’s magistrates’ court on Monday where he admitted damaging a sign belonging to Broadland Housing on August 20.
Croll was fined £10 and made the subject of a CRASBO following an application from police. Croll has been convicted of seven offences including assault, criminal damage and public order incidents, in the last 12 months all of which have been alcohol related.
Bruce Gardner, 56, of no fixed abode, also appeared before magistrates on Monday where he pleaded guilty to breaching a CRASBO.
He was arrested by police on Sunday after he was found in private gardens in Bishopgate without permission of the owner which the order prohibits him from doing.
The two-year CRASBO was imposed by Norwich magistrates on October 3 after Gardner pleaded guilty to a series of offences including drunk and disorderly and criminal damage.
Gardner also admitted being in breach of a court order, a two-year conditional discharge imposed on 10 September. He was fined a total of £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20.
Norwich Policing Commander, Superintendent Dave Marshall, said officers would continue to take action against persistent offenders.
He said: “My message is clear and simple. If you are drunk, cause anti-social behaviour and are a nuisance to those around you in the community… we will deal with you.
“We know street drinking and associated anti-social behaviour is a problem in the city centre and we are listening to members of the public and businesses who regularly report problems.
“My officers are taking positive action to address these issues and will continue to use a wide range of tactics including ASBOs which can limit people’s movements and prohibit them from being in possession of alcohol in a public place.”