A Market Rasen man known for being drunk and abusive has been given an ASBO having been arrested and found guilty of public order offences 12 times in the past two years.
Stephen McDermott, aged 53, was highlighted as causing issues in both Market Rasen and Lincoln.
Following consumption of alcohol, McDermott was known for becoming abusive and displaying threatening behaviour towards members of the public and police officers when they went to deal with him.
In order to try and prevent the continual offending, the decision was made to collate evidence from local residents and police officers so an application could be made to the courts for an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
Statements were obtained detailing how local residents were being distressed by his actions and the evidence was presented to the ASB specialist lawyer at the CPS. It was agreed that an ASBO was necessary to protect the local residents from McDermott’s actions.
McDermott appeared at Lincoln Magistrates Court and the court issued the ASBO for a period of three years. The conditions of the ASBO are as follows.
McDermott must not:
1) be in a public place in Lincolnshire in possession of any container of alcohol on which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken.
2) Be in a public place in Lincolnshire in the company of any other person who is in possession of any container of alcohol on which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken.
3) Consume alcohol in a public place in Lincolnshire.
4) Ask any member of the public to purchase alcohol for you or to give you alcohol.
5) Be disorderly in any public place in Lincolnshire.
6) Enter Tesco in Market Rasen.
PC 193 Paul Drummond is an Anti Social Behaviour Co-ordinator. He explained the importance of letting local people know about the ASBO and the restrictions it places on McDermott.
He said: ““We know the effect crime and anti social behaviour can have on a neighbourhood and often people are not aware of the action being taken by the police and other agencies against offenders.
“This ASBO offers us a real opportunity to resolve the issues and work with McDermott to move away from offending behaviour - but it will only work if it is very strictly policed.
“To do that we need the public to be aware of the ASBO and its conditions, and to report any offending behaviour to us as soon as possible via the 101 number. We hope this action, which is the culmination of a significant amount of work on the part of Lincolnshire Police and the CPS, demonstrates our commitment to tackling anti social behaviour in the area.”