Civil injunction for ASB rough sleeper

Friday, 19 August 2016

Scarborough County Court has served a civil injunction on 29 year old rough sleeper, Gavin Wilson, for anti-social behaviour in the Scarborough town centre and seafront areas during the last 12 months.

Mr Wilson has been ordered not to:

  • Keep or deposit his belongings on the ground or on any bench in any public place*, for a period of more than 10 minutes, within the area edged in red on the attached plan.
  • Sleep rough in any public place* within the area edged in red on the attached plan.
  • Sit on the ground in any public place* within the area edged in red on the attached plan.
  • Keep or put any rubbish in any public place* within the area edged in red on the attached plan, except public bins or waste receptacles.
  • Place any hat, bowl, bucket or other container or vessel in front of or near to himself in such a manner as to attract passers-by to place money in it.
  • Place any bong, pipe or hypodermic needle (also known as a ‘pin’) in a place where it may be visible to a member of the public.
  • Urinate or defecate in any public place*, except public toilet facilities, provided that they are used only for the purpose of urination and defecation.
  • Be in possession of any open containers of alcohol in any public place*.
  • Be in possession of any psychoactive substance in any public place*. For the avoidance of doubt psychoactive substance for the purpose of the order has the same meaning as s2 Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.
  • Behave in a way which causes or is likely to cause harassment, nuisance, alarm or distress to any other person.

Sandra Rees, Community Safety and Safeguarding Manager said:

“We have worked with our partners to pursue this injunction and hope that the result will give the members of the public who have been severely detrimentally affected by the behaviour of Mr Wilson some reassurance and comfort.

“We are not in the habit of bringing action against those rough sleepers who do not cause trouble but we will not tolerate those whose anti-social behaviour causes distress to others. Where we have clear evidence that this is the case, we will take enforcement action.”

Civil injunction map

*For the purposes of the injunction, ‘public place’ means any place, whether publically or privately owned, to which members of the public freely have access without first having to pay an entrance fee or otherwise seek permission.