Police have taken action to stop a drunk harassing shoppers in Hanley in a new crackdown on anti-social behaviour.
Officers issued the man with a Community Protection Warning after his behaviour in the city centre was deemed ‘unreasonable’.
It means if he continues to cause trouble, he will be committing a criminal offence and will a face fixed penalty notice or a fine.
The action comes after a rise in complaints about intimidating and nuisance behaviour in the city centre.
Issues have included:
- Human faeces left at the back of businesses;
- Yobs snatching food from takeaway customers;
- Beggars aggressively hassling shoppers for money;
- Female shoppers being cat-called;
- Staff being racially abused;
- Discarded needles on the ground;
- Rough sleepers blocking doorways.
PCSO Anderson Cadman, whose beat for Staffordshire Police covers Hanley and Etruria, said: “On Thursday a problematic individual was issued with a Community Protection Warning due to committing anti-social behaviour in Hanley town centre that was likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to members of the public and local businesses.
“The individual was also issued with a Public Space Protection Order ticket due to drinking alcohol in a public area in Hanley town centre.
“We continue to take a zero tolerance approach when tackling anti-social behaviour in Hanley town centre and we are continuing to work with partnership agencies in making Hanley town centre an enjoyable experience for all.
“If you have experienced anti-social behaviour in Hanley town centre, then please let us know.”
To report anti-social behaviour, contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or visit the Facebook page.
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