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Gloucester man receives Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction following alcohol fuelled offending

A man who engaged in alcohol fuelled violence, intimidation, criminal damage and anti-social behaviour in Gloucester city centre has received an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI).

Sean Cook, aged 37, was served with the injunction last Friday (April 28) following a hearing at Cheltenham and Gloucester County Court.

The case was brought against Cook by Solace, a joint team of officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary, Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council.

The order imposed by the courts forbids Cook from:

• Engaging in conduct which causes or is likely to cause alarm or harassment or distress to any person within the city of Gloucester;

• Using or threatening to use violence against any person within the city of Gloucestershire;

• Being in possession of any open vessel of alcohol within the city of Gloucester.

Solace Street Aware Lead Officer Adam Stevens said: "Numerous organisations have been, and continue to, work together to support Cook.

"Despite this he has shown a total disregard for the city's No Alcohol Public Spaces Protection Order, and continued in his threatening and abusive behaviour towards innocent members of the public and those from charitable organisations who are trying to help him.

"This order was sought in an effort to curtail the behaviours and to provide some protection and respite to those working, living in and visiting our city.

"We want to make it clear that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated."

Sergeant Andy Doyle from the Gloucester Neighbourhood Policing team added: "Sean Cook has been a cause for concern in the city and, despite efforts to support him, refer to partner agencies and prevent him from repeat behaviour, he has continued to cause problems for members of the community.

"We work closely with our partners in Solace and City Safe to ensure that action is taken to prevent individuals from being involved in anti-social behaviour and ensure our community feel safe."

Steve Lindsay, the Gloucester City Safe Manager, said: "Sean Cook can be seen most days breaching the city's Public Space Protection Order by drinking alcohol. When drunk his behaviour can cause harassment, alarm and distress to visitors and shop workers and owners.

"Obtaining this injunction is a good result for the city, it shows that robust action will be taken to those individuals who refuse support and ignore warnings and chances to change their behaviour."

The injunction will remain in place until April 28, 2024, and breaches can be reported by calling police on 101 or the Solace team on 01452 396396.

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