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Local man given civil injunction for antisocial behaviour

Jason Daniel Keen, age 36 and of no fixed abode, has been banned from entering Cheltenham town centre for a year.

Mr Keen (pictured) was given a Civil Injunction under the antisocial behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 by Gloucestershire County Court on 22nd November 2017, due to his antisocial behaviour in Cheltenham. The borough council's public protection team led the investigation with support from Gloucestershire Police, local businesses and members of the public.

Mr Keen was offered help and support to address his antisocial behaviour and received warnings before the council took legal action. The injunction was necessary to provide protection and respite for Cheltenham's residents, businesses and visitors.

Mr Keen is forbidden (whether by himself or by instructing or encouraging or permitting any other person) to:

1) Engage in conduct which causes, or is capable of causing a nuisance or annoyance to any person within the town of Cheltenham;

2) Enter or be in the area outlined bound by:

a) the A46 and Berkeley Street to the east

b) the A46 Fairview Road, St Margaret's Road and Swindon Road to the north

c) Poole Way, Park Street to the west

d) Knapp Road, St James Square, Imperial Square to the south

3) Sitting or standing with either arm outstretched with a receptacle for money in close proximity and with personal possessions in close proximity within the town centre of Cheltenham.

If Mr Keen breaches the order, he will face the consequences at court. If anyone witnesses Mr Keen breaching these conditions, please contact the police on their non-emergency number 101.

Lisa Jones, antisocial behaviour co-ordinator for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "Members of the public and businesses have endured months of antisocial behaviour by Mr Keen and deserve some respite from him. Enforcement is the last resort and we always offer help and support before such action is taken. I hope this sends out a strong message to others that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated in Cheltenham."

Mike Redman, director of environment at Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "The council and its partners work hard to help those who are in need to find suitable accommodation, but where people will not engage and repeatedly exhibit behaviour which causes annoyance, fear and distress to others, we will not hesitate to use the powers available to us to prevent such activity."

Cabinet member for development and safety, Cllr Andrew McKinlay, said: "This action sends a strong message to the residents of Cheltenham. To those who would engage in antisocial behaviour the message that this will not be tolerated, and action will be taken.

"To residents and businesses in the town centre, the message is that the council is committed to tackling antisocial behaviour and will work with them and the police to address these issues."

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