AN ALCOHOLIC described by police as “a nuisance” has been barred from a city centre – and cannot be drunk in public anywhere in the North East.
Phillip Longstaff, 39, of no fixed abode, has been issued with a Criminal Antisocial Behaviour Order (Crasbo) by North Durham magistrates after being persistently drunk and disorderly in Durham city centre, where he has also stolen alcohol from shops.
Under the order, Longstaff cannot:
* Go to the centre of Durham, except when attending a pre-arranged appointment with the Probation Service, Job Centre or other public service for which he has written confirmation on his person or pre-arranged legal appointments.
* Harass, threaten, abuse, intimidate or use violence against any person in Durham County, Northumbria and Cleveland.
* Be under the influence of alcohol in a public place in Durham County, Northumbria and Cleveland.
Pc Kay Howarth, a beat officer based in Durham City, said: “Phillip Longstaff has made a nuisance of himself in the Durham city area, especially around the Market Place and Walkergate areas, being in a drunken state and intimidating members of the public, as well as frequently shoplifting alcohol.
“Evidence was gathered over a six-month period, with statements from members of the public, police officers and staff and CCTV footage in a multi-agency approach.
“If at any time, Longstaff breaks the conditions of his Crasbo he risks arrest and could be jailed.
“Longstaff is now suffering the consequences of his own antisocial behaviour. If you see Phillip Longstaff breaking the conditions of his Crasbo, please contact the police.”
The Crasbo is in force until January 8, 2013. Police hope that the order will discourage other potential troublemakers.
If any member of the public witnesses Longstaff breaking the conditions of his Crasbo, they can contact Durham Police, in confidence, on 0345 60 60 365.