First Criminal Behaviour Orders in the city

Sneinton Boulevard

The first Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) have been given to two Nottingham residents since the new Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force in October this year.

Community Protection obtained its first CBO on 10 December when Lauren O’Brien, aged 19, who now lives in Newark, was sentenced.

O’Brien, who would regularly visit an address in Sneinton, was given the order after a series of drunken incidents in the area. Examples of her behaviour included shouting and swearing in the street, kicking doors, assaulting police officers, damaging vehicles and verbally assaulting residents.

Granting the CBO, District Judge Pyle said it was just and proportionate to make the order and banned O’Brien from entering Sneinton for two years and also banned her from being in possession of open containers of alcohol in any public place within Nottinghamshire for the same duration.

The second CBO was given to Gavin Abbott, aged 20, of Broxtowe. On 11 December, Nottingham Magistrates Court granted a two-year CBO prohibiting Abbot from entering the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University grounds after being convicted of targeting the universities for bike thefts. He was also sentenced to over 20 months’ imprisonment.

Richard Antcliff, head of Neighbourhood Enforcement, said: “It is good to see that these new antisocial behaviour powers are coming into their own and helping communities by stamping out this type of behaviour. Hopefully persistent offenders of antisocial behaviour will think again before they act.”

Portfolio Holder for Safety, Councillor Dave Liversidge said: “Antisocial behaviour can adversely affect neighbourhoods, causing misery to residents. These new powers provide a framework for our partners who can enforce these acts making our city safer for our citizens.”

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