Solace gains anti-social behaviour injunction for local man

Published on 3rd June 2019

Christopher 'Benjamin' Casewell

Following a warning given by the police and council an anti-social behviour injunction has been given to Mr Casewell.

A man from Cheltenham has received an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) order following his disorderly behaviour in Cheltenham.

On Tuesday 16 May, the Gloucester and Cheltenham County Court handed a one-year order to Christopher “Benjamin” Casewell of Village Road.

The case against him was brought by Solace, a joint team that includes officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary, Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucester City Council to address anti-social behaviour.

The injunction forbids Mr Casewell from:

  • Engaging in conduct which causes or is capable of causing alarm, harassment or distress;
  • Entering or being in the shaded area which is edged in red on the map;
  • Begging at any time or sitting down in a public place with personal items around him or displaying anything that could be used to receive money within the town of Cheltenham

The order was issued after Mr Casewell was warned by the Council and Police to stop causing harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public through begging, urinating and taking drugs in a public place.

The court heard how he would sit on the pavement begging outside shops pretending to be homeless.

To do this he would bring along items which he would use to make himself appear as someone who was rough sleeping and persuade people to give him money.

Mr Casewell was also witnessed urinating and taking what appeared to be drugs in a public place.

Solace Case Officer, Lisa Jones said: “Before taking enforcement action we followed a process which involved discussing and giving Mr Casewell an initial letter of concern, detailing all agencies that he could seek help and support from.

“He then received a final warning letter and he was again signposted to support agencies in the hope that it would help him break the cycle of anti-social behaviour and drug use. This signposting and assistance continued throughout the process and will continue to do so during the injunction.

“Solace is committed to reducing anti-social behaviour in both Cheltenham and Gloucester through support and where needed enforcement action.”

Following the order of this injunction, officers from Solace witnessed Mr Casewell breaching his injunction on Friday (31 May).

As a result he was arrested, remanded in custody and presented to the court on Saturday morning (1 June) where he received a warning from the Judge that he could receive a custodial sentence for any future breaches.

There is a power of arrest attached to all conditions as above on the order which remains in place for a year and expires on 16th May 2020.

If you witness Mr Casewell breaching his ASBI please contact the police by calling 101.


For press enquiries contact the communications team at: communications@cheltenham.gov.uk, 01242 264231

ASB exclusion zone map for Ben Casewell