Ipswich: Man, 25, banned from town centre under terms of Crasbo

A MAN is today banned from entering the town centre after a court handed him a two-year criminal anti-social behaviour order (Crasbo).

Thomas Watchman appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Elm Street, Ipswich, where he pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening words, behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

The 25-year-old was banned from entering Ipswich’s town centre as part of the two-year Crasbo, the court heard.

The area he is banned from is defined as being the area within Crown Street, Bond Street, Grafton Way and Portman Road.

Watchman is banned from stepping foot inside the area between 5pm and 6am each day.

The Crasbo was made after the court heard Watchman had been involved in a verbal altercation in Ipswich during which he threatened violence against another person.

Pc Faruk Ullah, of Suffolk police’s Night-Time Economy Team, said: “We are pleased with the decision by the court to grant the order, which will have a significant impact on controlling Watchman’s behaviour.

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“This should act as a warning to others that threatening and violent behaviour will not be tolerated in the night time economy and that offenders will be dealt with robustly.”

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