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Anti-Social Behaviour Warning

Warning Letter To Those Responsible For Anti-Social Behaviour In Cheltenham

The Gloucestershire Anti-Social Behaviour Partnership is writing to all those people who's police record shows they have been involved in an offence anti-social behaviour in the Borough of Cheltenham in the last year.

The letter is going out to 430 people who have been involved in an offence that includes all forms of assault, wounding, threatening behaviour and offensive behaviour in Cheltenham Town Centre in 2006.

PC Bob Packer from the group says people should take the warnings in the letter very seriously; "We are letting people know that this sort of behaviour simply will not be tolerated. The letter outlines what constitutes as anti-social behaviour and how we can take appropriate action against them.

If the behaviour of any of those we are writing to comes to the notice of the Anti Social Behaviour Partnership in the future we will be taking action. This could include making an application for an ASBO."

The letter states that anti-social behaviour does not always mean a criminal offence has taken place. It states that the following examples amount to anti-social behaviour:

* Carrying an offensive weapon

* Behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to any other person

* Any form of assault or wounding

* Any form of physical or verbal abuse to any person including Police Officers

PC Packer added; "Cheltenham has a thriving day-time and night-time economy, attracting people from around the county and sometimes the country to its shops as well as it's bars, restaurants and clubs.

The majority of people are simply here to enjoy the facilities and we want to ensure this happens by removing those few who think it is acceptable to behaviour in an anti-social manner."

The letter warns that if you are subject to a Court order it will include a request that you are banned from Cheltenham Town Centre, and if your offence is alcohol related then a ban from all public houses and night clubs in Cheltenham will be sought.

PC Packer has this advice to anyone who receives one of these letters; "Read the letter carefully, take on board all that is within it. Consider the implications on you and your family if you are subject to any legal action. It will not only impact on your social life but if you live in rented accommodation your tenancy or your parents' tenancy could be lost.

This is an opportunity for you to consider your actions before they have any impact on your life. We sincerely hope we have no further contact with anyone we send a letter to."

Posted : 05/12/2006 15:50:49

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