Court injunctions have been taken out against six people to tackle anti-social behaviour in Loughborough.
Charnwood Borough Council has secured the injunctions which ban the individuals from entering Beehive Lane car park and from engaging or threatening to engage in conduct which could cause harassment, alarm or distress in the town centre.
The legal action follows a catalogue of 78 incidents recorded by the Council. They included:
- some defendants taking drugs in Beehive Lane car park, sometimes during the day in front of members of the public
- begging in the car park and using the stairwells as a toilet
- the discovery of drug paraphernalia including used needles in the car park; Queen’s Park toilets; Steeple Row, Loughborough, near where one of the defendants was sleeping in a tent; and in Market Street, Loughborough where two defendants were seen.
The Council and partner agencies offered housing-related advice, assistance and support to the defendants who were believed to be rough sleeping. Some of these individuals did not engage with the Council’s Housing needs team.
The Council told Leicester County Court that the kind of behaviour outlined in the incidents was likely to cause distress to members of the public and the drug paraphernalia posed a health and safety risk.
The court approved the injunctions on Wednesday, December 21. The six individuals are Brett Bott (also known as Brett Tooby), Jamie Orchard, Adam Hill, Terry Spencer, David Fisher and Lisa Hutchinson. All are of no fixed abode.
As well as being banned from Beehive Lane car park, the injunctions forbid the individuals from engaging in any drug-related activity, begging, littering and sleeping in public areas in Loughborough town centre; Queen’s Park; Steeple Row, Loughborough, and Beehive Lane car park. The injunctions last for two years and breaching the conditions means the six individuals can be arrested.
Copies of the injunctions will be placed on display around the town centre.
After the hearing, Councillor Jonathan Morgan, Chairman of the Charnwood Community Safety Partnership, said: “There is no simple solution to something like this and while using the courts is a last resort we feel it is the most appropriate course of action at this time.
“We have tried to engage and offer support to the individuals involved, but that has unfortunately not worked so far. At the same time we also clearly have a duty to protect the public.
“We will now be monitoring the situation and working with police to make sure the injunctions are enforced.
“We will also continue to work with our partners to offer support to these individuals or anyone else in similar circumstances.”