North Norfolk District Council wins anti-social behaviour injunction against street drinker

NNDC leader Tom Fitzpatrick

NNDC leader Tom Fitzpatrick - Credit: Archant

Cromer man forbidden from being drunk or using abusive language in town.

North Norfolk District Council has taken out an injunction banning one resident from drinking in one of the coast's most popular tourist destinations.

Ian Donald Beech, 50, has been served with an anti-social behaviour injunction by Norwich Magistrates Court.

The court heard how Mr Beech of Genesis Hostel, Cabbell Road had repeatedly been found intoxicated in the streets of Cromer. Associated behaviour included shouting abuse, urinating in the street and passing out.

The injunction served last week forbids Mr Beech from being drunk or in possession of any opened container of alcohol in any public place in a designated area of Cromer; it also forbids him from using abusive or threatening language in public anywhere in a designated area of the town.

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Councillor Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: 'Mr Beech's persistent drinking had been causing a number of issues for local businesses and the local community.

'This injunction shows the Council will not tolerate, or expect our communities to tolerate, persistent anti-social behaviour.'

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This is the second time North Norfolk District Council has used the injunction, part of the powers given to the Council under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act.

Both were issued working in partnership with the police operational partnership team, local safer neighbourhood policing teams and with the support of the local community.

Councillor FitzPatrick added: 'The Council recognises the need for help for individuals suffering from addiction and has worked in conjunction with voluntary services to provide support and assistance.

'However we cannot accept behaviour which is a nuisance and upsetting to our residents and many visitors.'

The injunction, the council insisted, comes at the end of a long process of engagement with the individual and is not intended to punish but to prevent further anti-social behaviour.

The Court ordered that Ian Donald Beech is forbidden from: Being intoxicated in any public place in Cromer in the area designated by the Designated Public Place Order (DPPO); Being in possession of any opened vessel containing or purporting to contain alcoholic liquor in any public place in Cromer, in the area designated by the DPPO; Consuming alcohol in any public place other than in a licensed premises in Cromer in the area designated in the DPPO; and using abusive, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour anywhere in Cromer in the area designated by the DPPO.

The order remains in force until September 27, 2017.

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