Colchester man given criminal behaviour order
A man who breached a community protection notice has been made subject of a criminal behaviour order.
Anthony Dorsett was given the notice on Wednesday 20 March, which banned him from being intoxicated through drugs or alcohol and behaving in an anti-social way towards anyone in Colchester town centre.
It also banned him from having open containers of alcohol in the town centre, begging for money or other items in Colchester, and being within ten metres of a cash machine or any machine that dispenses or takes cash unless he is using it to withdraw or add money to his own account.
Dorsett, who is not homeless, breached the notice by begging for money in Short Wyre Street on Sunday 24 March and Sunday 21 April.
The 32-year-old, of Pondfield Road, Colchester, admitted two counts of failing to comply with a community protection notice when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 6 July. He was fined £80 and ordered to pay £105 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Magistrates granted a two-year criminal behaviour order on Tuesday 9 July, which prevents him from sitting, standing or loitering on any path or doorway in Colchester town centre with the perception of being homeless, and from begging in Colchester.
Sgt Martin Willsher, of the Colchester town proactive team, said: “We see people every day who are homeless due to personal or financial problems, which can be very complex.
“We work with agencies, charities and community groups through the Safer Colchester Partnership to support those who are in genuine need of help.
“This help was given to Anthony Dorsett, but we received a number of complaints from residents about his prolific begging.
“He continuously exploited the generosity of members of the public and this sort of behaviour is not acceptable.”
Cllr Mike Lilley, Colchester Borough Council’s portfolio holder for communities, wellbeing and public safety, said: “We always work to support people and try to offer them a route out of a destructive lifestyle, but ultimately if they refuse to do that we must take action for the good of the community.
“This case shows we are serious about curbing anti-social behaviour, which can have a tremendously detrimental effect on the quality of life of residents and visitors to the town.
“Together with the police and other partners, we want to create a Better Colchester that promises a safer and crime-free town centre that people can enjoy. Results like this play a big part in helping us to achieve that ambition.”