Court fine for man who breached Community Protection Notice
09 November 2022
A Barnstaple man who breached a Community Protection Notice (CPN) against him has been fined at court following a successful prosecution by North Devon Council.
Stephen Cook, aged 44 and of no fixed abode, appeared at Barnstaple Magistrates' Court on Monday, 7 November, where he pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with the CPN he was served on 9 June 2022.
A CPN can be imposed on individuals over the age of 16 where their conduct is unreasonable, consistent, and has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the community.
The CPN required Cook not to act in a manner which is intimidating or threatening; not to enter the pedestrian area of Barnstaple High Street between Joy Street and Butchers Row, and not to consume alcohol or be in possession of an open container of alcohol in a public place within North Devon Council Public Spaces Protection Order areas.
The court heard that Cook was seen by a police officer to be sitting on a bench in Barnstaple High Street on 20 June 2022. On 30 June 2022 he was seen to be drinking alcohol outside Felicity's Nursery in Trinity Street, Barnstaple, by a member of the council's ASB team. He was made aware of the conditions of his CPN and reported for an offence on both occasions.
Magistrates ordered Cook to pay a total of £312, which included fines of £90 for each offence, a victim surcharge of £72 and costs of £60.
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "Antisocial behaviour is committed by a small minority, but it can have a huge impact on the lives of our communities. Issuing a Community Protection Notice is not a decision taken lightly, and this prosecution should make it clear that we take breaches of them very seriously. We are committed to working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and other agencies to ensure North Devon is a safe place to live, work and visit."
The council's Facebook page provides regular updates from its ASB team about the work it conducts in the community on a daily basis. All activity relating to the council's work to combat ASB can be found using #NDCsaysnotoASB.