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‘Aggressive’ man jailed for breach of anti-social behaviour ban - one day after it was served on him

PUBLISHED: 08:17 15 December 2017 | UPDATED: 09:20 15 December 2017

Keith Bidwell. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Keith Bidwell. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

A man known for his “offensive” behaviour has been jailed for breaching an order which banned him from being drunk and aggressive in a town centre - a day after it was handed to him.

Map showing where Keith Bidwell is banned from. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West NorfolkMap showing where Keith Bidwell is banned from. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Keith Bidwell is described as being “well-known” to police in King’s Lynn, with a statement from West Norfolk council saying: “Despite being offered support, assistance and accommodation in the past, his behaviour has remained offensive and aggressive.”

Following complaints from traders and people in the community, West Norfolk council took the “last resort” of seeking an injunction to ban him from being intoxicated anywhere within the town.

The civil injunction - sought under Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 - also prevents him from entering King’s Lynn bus station, using foul language or abusive hand gestures in the town and acting in an aggressive or violent manner towards anyone in the wider area.

The order was secured on Wednesday, December 6 and served on the 50-year-old, of no fixed abode, on Wednesday, December 13.

Map showing where Keith Bidwell is banned from. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West NorfolkMap showing where Keith Bidwell is banned from. Photo: Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

But a West Norfolk council spokesman said Bidwell had already breached the injunction and was given a custodial sentence of two months for each of the three breaches, to run concurrently, on Thursday, December 14.

Ian Devereux, West Norfolk council cabinet member for environment, said: “It is a sad situation when we want to help someone who will not let us help.

“Despite several efforts to assist, we are now left with no choice but to prevent Mr Bidwell from being able to drink in certain areas as he is causing distress to other visitors and damaging the town’s reputation as a safe place to be.

“It really is a last resort but we cannot allow him to continue to have this negative impact on trade in the town centre.”

The order, secured by the police and council through the West Norfolk Operational Partnership Team, shall remain in force until December 6 2019 at 4pm, unless before then it is revoked by further order of the court.

Any person who witnesses a breach of the terms should contact West Norfolk council on 01553 616200 or email csnn@west-norfolk.gov.uk

Alternatively they can call Norfolk Police on 101 or email enquiries@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

People should dial 999 in an emergency.

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