Man convicted after breaking Clacton anti-social behaviour order

The missing woman has now been found. Stock image. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The missing woman has now been found. Stock image. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Christopher Male, 51, and of Pier Avenue in Clacton was found guilty of failing to comply with a Public Spaces Protection Order at Colchester Magistrates on April 30.

Male was fined £75 and ordered to pay £100 in court costs as well as a £30 victim surcharge.

He had previously pleaded not guilty on February 6.

Officers say that at around 10.15am on December 30 a group of people were found gathering and drinking alcohol at the junction of Rosemary Road and Pier Avenue in Clacton.

This area is covered by an order that stop loitering if people are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

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Essex Police said that Male disputed the legislation before the group dispersed.

Officers returned to the are at 10.45am to find Male had returned and was still drinking.

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He refused to hand over his drink to officers, became abusive and resistant and was arrested.

Inspector Darren Deex, from the Tendring’s Community Policing Team said: “This should send out a clear message that we are committed to tackling the street drinking problem in Clacton.

“This is the fourth person we have prosecuted for breaching the PSPO and we will continue to support our partners at Tendring District Council, who enforce the order through the issuing of penalty notices.

“We are also working hard with partners to ensure we look at alternative supportive measures for some of the street drinkers who really need it.

“In this circumstance, this group all had somewhere to live and had no reason to be gathering in the town, drinking excessively and causing a nuisance. We will not tolerate it and we will deal with them robustly.”

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