Essex Police have teamed up with Colchester Borough Council to stop a man from causing trouble in the town centre.
Pc Hayley Langmead has worked with the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Officer at Colchester Borough Council (CBC) to get an injunction placed on Jake Thorpe after shoppers raised concerns about his persistent nuisance behaviour.
Colchester County Court heard that Thorpe, aged 39, of no fixed abode, had caused harassment, alarm and distress to shoppers and business owners in the town over the last year, by threatening and intimidating passers-by, using abusive language whilst begging and busking, as well as having a dog which was continually off the lead.
Thorpe agreed to the conditions of the injunction, which states that he is forbidden from:
a) begging in Colchester town Centre
b) busking on Eld Lane and Sheregate Steps, Colchester, Essex.
c) using threatening or abusive language towards any person in Colchester Town Centre
He was also told he must keep any dog he has with him on a lead at all times while in Colchester Town Centre.
The injunction is in force until 13th April 2017.
Pc Langmead said: “I am really pleased that the public and local community have supported us by providing the evidence needed to support this injunction.
“It goes to show that by working together positive outcomes are achievable.”
She said that if Thorpe was found to be in breach of any of his injunction conditions then he would be in contempt of court and could possibly be sent to prison.
“If anyone sees him breaching his conditions then we would ask them to report this to us on 101,” she added.