A Taunton man was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) on Friday 30 June.
James Hyam, 25, from the Taunton area, had previously been subject to both a Criminal Protection Warning and a further Criminal Protection Notice after reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB), aggressive begging, drug taking and public order issues.
Having breached the terms of both, he is now subject to the CBO and could face prison if he breaches it.
Local Sergeant Andy Gloyn said:
“When it comes to begging and homelessness there is a balance to be struck. We want to work with our partners to help and support those with addictions and genuine homelessness. If people will engage, we will work to get them back into accommodation and break their addiction and cycle of offending, which has a positive impact for the individual, public services and the wider community.
However, Mr Hyam breached previous orders and has continued to behave in such a way that meant we received further complaints from the public and local businesses regarding begging, aggressive behaviour, drug use and ASB in the town. He has also refused to engage with us or help himself with his addiction and offending.
This latest CBO includes terms and conditions that will ultimately help him in the long-term. In addition to restrictions as to where he can and cannot go in the town and his general conduct – he must also engage with agencies that will help him to find accommodation and drug and alcohol addiction services.
Ideally these terms and conditions will mean an end to the behaviour that was causing distress to the public, Mr Hyam will break his pattern of offending and his situation will improve. We hope to see a positive outcome for all involved, particularly Mr Hyam.”
The Order lasts for 24 months and also means that he must not:
1. Sit on the ground or in a doorway or loiter in the area defined on map 1.
2. Approach unknown persons to ask for money or alms in the area defined on map 1.
3. Approach unknown persons unless in an emergency in the area defined on map 1.
4. Be in possession of psychoactive substances or paraphernalia used to take them in the area defined on map 1.
5. Remain on retail premises when asked to leave in the area defined on map 1.
6. Go to Leycroft Grove, Taunton.
If you are aware of any breaches, contact the local policing team via the 101 number.