A man has been jailed for six weeks after breaching an injunction which banned him from begging and entering parts of Loughborough town centre.
Charnwood Borough Council secured the injunction against Adam Hill and others in December last year. The injunction banned the individuals from engaging or threatening to engage in conduct which could cause harassment, alarm or distress in the town centre and other areas. This included begging, littering, engaging in drug use or dealing and sleeping in public areas.
The order was later amended to also ban Hill, of no fixed address, from a wider area within the town centre.
At a hearing on October 5, barrister Oliver Nunn, representing the Council told Leicester County Court that Hill had been seen begging in the town centre on five occasions in May and June. On one occasion he was seen injecting a substance into his groin area in Beehive Lane car park.
Hill was also seen within the area he is banned from on five occasions in September and October.
At court, Hill admitted the breaches of the injunction and was sentenced on October 13. He said he still needed to eat and drink and while he accepted he was a drug user, he had sought help.
Her Honour Judge Alison Hampton told Hill that it appeared he and his friends seemed to be going around Loughborough town centre, begging and taking drugs.
Sentencing Hill to six weeks’ imprisonment, Her Honour Judge Hampton said he had repeatedly disobeyed the order and she needed to consider the public’s welfare as well as his own.
Hill was also ordered to pay costs of £1,461 but those costs would not be enforced without the permission of the court, owing to his lack of means.
After the hearing, Julie Robinson, head of neighbourhood services at Charnwood Borough Council, said: “The Council took out the injunction to protect the public from repeated anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
“Mr Hill breached the injunction a number of times and the only option left was to take it through the courts in the interest of public safety. Throughout the process we have offered Mr Hill and other individuals support regarding housing, drug and alcohol issues
“The injunction remains in place and we will continue to monitor the situation, work with our partner organisations including the police, and take appropriate action when necessary.”
In July this year, one of the individuals subject to the same injunction was jailed for 10 weeks after admitting breaching the order 16 times."