Go-ahead for council's town centre beggars and booze ban

Essex County Standard: Cllr Tim Young, responsible for community safety at Colchester Council, has backed the ban which will help clear up areas such as St Botolph's roundabout. Cllr Tim Young, responsible for community safety at Colchester Council, has backed the ban which will help clear up areas such as St Botolph's roundabout.

COLCHESTER has become the second place in the country to get tougher powers to tackle street drinkers and beggars.

A judge has approved Colchester Council’s application to stop people carrying open containers of alcohol on the streets, or begging.

The order, called a section 222 injunction, means repeat offenders can be prosecuted by the council, facing a penalty of being jailed for up to two years, or subjected to an antisocial behaviour order.

The application was supported with 11 statements from town centre businesses and visitors.

A statement from one dad described walking past a group of nine drinkers and a woman, who was passed out at St Botolph’s underpass, with his four-year-old daughter.

Staff at Shoe World, in High Street, gave a statement saying they had been threatened and abused by people coming into the store and beggars blocking the entrance.

Judge Catriona Murfitt, sitting at Chelmford County Court, said: “I can see the impact by those who drink in open public areas, misuse other substances and beg as a significant problem on others.

“I can see it inhibits shoppers in various different outlets and staff are being intimidated.

“Parents with small children are exposed to loud and boisterous behaviour and various degrees of undress, lewd behaviour and urinating in public places, all of which can be upsetting and not a good example to set for young children.

“I can see this is a real issue which needs to be grappled with and police action so far has not got to grips with resolving the issues, albeit their tools might not be suitable.”

The judge said there was a particular problem with drinkers at St Botolph’s Church.

She said: “People are not using the ruins, graves or benches due to the rowdy and loud behaviour.

“Offence is caused by the disrespect to the dead interred there.”

Offenders will initially be given a warning and pointed towards help from charities, such as Open Road, Mind or the North East Essex Drug and Alcohol Service.

The judge said: “An important part of this provision is it goes hand in glove with an aim to marry up the services to help those who struggle with a serious problem with alcohol or drugs.”

It is the second section 222 injunction of its kind to be granted in the country, after Birmingham.

A designated public place order has been in place in the town centre since 2006, allowing police to confiscate alcohol from someone if they are connected with antisocial behaviour.

How the order works:

THE order covers an area bordered by Southway, Balkerne Hill, Middleborough, Brook Street, Magdalen Street and East Hill.
Castle Park is excluded from the ban.
It includes St Botolph’s Priory and St Botolph’s Circus roundabout where there have been long-standing problems with street drinkers.
Rebekah Straughan, the council’s lawyer, said Castle Park was not included because it could stop people having picnics and holding events there.
The order does not ban drinkers at pubs and bars standing in beer gardens, or close to the door of the licenced premises.
The order runs indefinitely and will be enforced by police and the council’s street wardens.
There will be a four-week grace period before the order comes into force.

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6:30am Tue 3 Dec 13

LiquigasCyclist says...

About time these scum were dealt with !!!! Disgusting lowlife's !!!!!
About time these scum were dealt with !!!! Disgusting lowlife's !!!!! LiquigasCyclist

8:33am Tue 3 Dec 13

Colonel Kurtz says...

People only beg because stupid and naïve give them money which goes either to feed their drug or drink habits. Better off donating money to the Salvation army or other homeless charity.
People only beg because stupid and naïve give them money which goes either to feed their drug or drink habits. Better off donating money to the Salvation army or other homeless charity. Colonel Kurtz

9:25am Tue 3 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

A statement from one dad described walking past a group of nine drinkers and a woman, who was passed out at St Botolph’s underpass, with his four-year-old daughter.

Staff at Shoe World, in High Street, gave a statement saying they had been threatened and abused by people coming into the store and beggars blocking the entrance

A typical day in the life of Colchester I see,
with a typical lost looking blokey looking on,
who is he ? anyone know ? never heard of him in calm Clacton ;)
A statement from one dad described walking past a group of nine drinkers and a woman, who was passed out at St Botolph’s underpass, with his four-year-old daughter. Staff at Shoe World, in High Street, gave a statement saying they had been threatened and abused by people coming into the store and beggars blocking the entrance A typical day in the life of Colchester I see, with a typical lost looking blokey looking on, who is he ? anyone know ? never heard of him in calm Clacton ;) tomtheDJ

10:02am Tue 3 Dec 13

Hamiltonandy says...

Guess that means councillor Young's drunk zone outside the abandoned VAF is to continue. No Firstsite security seen this weekend so councillor Young's assertions in the Gazette are misleading.
Guess that means councillor Young's drunk zone outside the abandoned VAF is to continue. No Firstsite security seen this weekend so councillor Young's assertions in the Gazette are misleading. Hamiltonandy

10:18am Tue 3 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

Why has it taken so long, what does Tim Young do all day?
Why has it taken so long, what does Tim Young do all day? totallyfootball

10:53am Tue 3 Dec 13

TheEqualisers says...

Can we also have Injunctions on Officials attacking famous household named GP Councillors in the Town Hall
and other Officials attempting to run Police Officers over, in the course of their professional duties.

I was born in that area where the unfortunate photo was taken.

I witnessed that underpass being built in 1977

There has been issues there from day one........
Can we also have Injunctions on Officials attacking famous household named GP Councillors in the Town Hall and other Officials attempting to run Police Officers over, in the course of their professional duties. I was born in that area where the unfortunate photo was taken. I witnessed that underpass being built in 1977 There has been issues there from day one........ TheEqualisers

11:28am Tue 3 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

Colonel Kurtz wrote:
People only beg because stupid and naïve give them money which goes either to feed their drug or drink habits. Better off donating money to the Salvation army or other homeless charity.
Which is pretty much what most people spend their money on. Just because they have no home, you think that you are more richious.
[quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: People only beg because stupid and naïve give them money which goes either to feed their drug or drink habits. Better off donating money to the Salvation army or other homeless charity.[/p][/quote]Which is pretty much what most people spend their money on. Just because they have no home, you think that you are more richious. super waluigi

11:31am Tue 3 Dec 13

super waluigi says...

Why not tackle homelessness as a problem instead of targeting them? Not all homeless people drink and get abusive. Those that do should be a common problem with policing and handled accordingly, before this ruling gets passed.

Naive.
Why not tackle homelessness as a problem instead of targeting them? Not all homeless people drink and get abusive. Those that do should be a common problem with policing and handled accordingly, before this ruling gets passed. Naive. super waluigi

3:52pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Bert_Stimpson says...

super waluigi wrote:
Colonel Kurtz wrote:
People only beg because stupid and naïve give them money which goes either to feed their drug or drink habits. Better off donating money to the Salvation army or other homeless charity.
Which is pretty much what most people spend their money on. Just because they have no home, you think that you are more richious.
Super Deluded: you really should be supervised near computers.

Most people do not spend their money on drug or drink habits, they prioritise spending on essentials like accommodation and food first.

"Just because they have no home, you think that you are more richious."

No idea what you're on about with that comment. I checked to see if Google had an idiot translator I could use, but couldn't find one.
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Colonel Kurtz[/bold] wrote: People only beg because stupid and naïve give them money which goes either to feed their drug or drink habits. Better off donating money to the Salvation army or other homeless charity.[/p][/quote]Which is pretty much what most people spend their money on. Just because they have no home, you think that you are more richious.[/p][/quote]Super Deluded: you really should be supervised near computers. Most people do not spend their money on drug or drink habits, they prioritise spending on essentials like accommodation and food first. "Just because they have no home, you think that you are more richious." No idea what you're on about with that comment. I checked to see if Google had an idiot translator I could use, but couldn't find one. Bert_Stimpson

5:56pm Tue 3 Dec 13

mirokou says...

Don't forget to thank the Borough Council housing policy. If you ask where most of these people come from its not Colchester and they are not homeless ex soldiers.. Society didn't turn their backs on them ,indeed the opposite. Good riddance
Don't forget to thank the Borough Council housing policy. If you ask where most of these people come from its not Colchester and they are not homeless ex soldiers.. Society didn't turn their backs on them ,indeed the opposite. Good riddance mirokou

11:36am Wed 4 Dec 13

zt00013 says...

A policy which solves nothing and in reality can only make the situation worse.

But I suppose if the curtain twitchers feel magnanimous it's ok.
A policy which solves nothing and in reality can only make the situation worse. But I suppose if the curtain twitchers feel magnanimous it's ok. zt00013

11:43am Sun 8 Dec 13

JFFs brain says...

Deport them all to Jaywick.
Deport them all to Jaywick. JFFs brain

3:51pm Sun 8 Dec 13

totallyfootball says...

super waluigi wrote:
Why not tackle homelessness as a problem instead of targeting them? Not all homeless people drink and get abusive. Those that do should be a common problem with policing and handled accordingly, before this ruling gets passed.

Naive.
Another clueless remark just like your football ones, you need supervision you clown! A lot of these beggars are not homeless they are professional scroungers that cannot feed their own habits you Muppet!
[quote][p][bold]super waluigi[/bold] wrote: Why not tackle homelessness as a problem instead of targeting them? Not all homeless people drink and get abusive. Those that do should be a common problem with policing and handled accordingly, before this ruling gets passed. Naive.[/p][/quote]Another clueless remark just like your football ones, you need supervision you clown! A lot of these beggars are not homeless they are professional scroungers that cannot feed their own habits you Muppet! totallyfootball

10:48pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Misty4 says...

Can you get some of these powers transferred to Clacton, please, so that they can get rid of the permanent beggars and their mutts? (Amazing how beggars can afford to keep mutts.)
Can you get some of these powers transferred to Clacton, please, so that they can get rid of the permanent beggars and their mutts? (Amazing how beggars can afford to keep mutts.) Misty4

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