Injunction issued to stop anti-social behaviour in Cheltenham town centre

Published on 24th February 2015

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Leslie Michael Cook of no fixed address was given an Injunction by Gloucester County Court on Friday 20 February 2015 for a period of one year because of his anti-social behaviour in Cheltenham.

The council’s public protection team jointly led the investigation with Gloucestershire Constabulary, with support from local businesses, the public and Ubico staff.

Mr Cook was offered help and support previously however chose not to take it. He also signed up to a voluntary Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) in September 2014 which he breached soon after.

He was given the Injunction after it was deemed the most suitable way to secure a positive outcome and give some respite to the community of Cheltenham.

Mr Cook is forbidden (whether by himself or by instructing or encouraging any other person)
- From being in possession of any opened alcohol in any public place
- From engaging in conduct which causes or is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person in Cheltenham
- From failing to have his dog under proper control at all times when in a public place
- From fouling or urinating in the street or other public place
- From entering any private grounds where he has not been invited

A breach of the order would mean that he would be brought back to court and face a penalty of up to two years’ imprisonment.

Lisa Jones, community protection officer for Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "I hope this sends out a very strong message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Cheltenham.”  

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, added: “It is important that people feel safe and secure in the town centre, and considerate behaviour is a key part of this. I am delighted that the council has taken this successful action to minimise anti-social behaviour. People and businesses in Cheltenham can be assured that the council will take similar appropriate action in the future.”

If anyone witnesses Mr Cook breaching these conditions, please contact the police on their non-emergency number 101.

 



For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email kelly.carter@www.cheltenham.gov.uk

Notes:
Leslie Michael Cook’s is more commonly known as Wookie/Wooky.