A woman has been banned from a busy part of a town centre for five years as police look to curb her anti-social behaviour.
Yasmine Degg will not be allowed to visit Tower Square in Tunstall, or beg anywhere in the city, after a criminal behaviour order (CBO) was granted by magistrates this month.
The 38-year-old, of no fixed abode, appeared in court on December 4 when she pleaded guilty to stealing a CCTV camera. She was handed an 18-week prison term before the CBO was issued.
The order, which became live on December 4, also prevents her from engaging in any behavior which causes distress to anyone across Staffordshire. Breaching any element of the CBO is a criminal offence and can result in a prison term.
Now officers at Stoke-on-Trent North Neighbourhood Policing Team have issued a stark warning to troublemakers that more CBOs are being pursued to clamp down on their bad behaviour.
Sergeant Charlie Emmett, of Stoke North NPT, welcomed the CBO – and says officers will continue to target those who cause issues across the city.
She said: “We have spent a lot of time trying to support this individual and have worked with different agencies in an effort to help her.
“But ultimately, she has not engaged with this support structure and has persisted in causing problems and acting in an anti-social way in the Tunstall area.
“Our officers are regularly visiting businesses in Tunstall to not only show our presence in the area but to find out what issues they are experiencing and what we can do.
“It is never acceptable for individuals to act in such a way that creates a negative environment for business owners and the wider public.
“If anyone does have any concerns we urge them to get in touch.”
Sergeant Emmett says work is continuing to secure further CBOs against persistent troublemakers. She added: “We hope this sends out a clear message that we will not accept people behaving in an anti-social way in our towns and we will take action against them.
“While we work to support individuals, sometimes they simply do not want to engage with us and we will take enforcement.
“We would also ask the public to make us aware if anyone in receipt of such an order breaches it.”
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Chief Inspector Mark Barlow, commander of Stoke North NPT, also welcomed the magistrates’ decision. He said: “The message to individuals who persistently cause problems in our communities is simple – we will take action.
“We want our town centres to be great places to live, work, and generally enjoy – and anyone who acts in way that is contrary to this vision will be dealt with accordingly.”