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Watford Man Banned From Drinking
A man who persistently anti-social in the St Albans Road area of Watford has been banned from drinking alcohol in public for six months.
Gary Hodgson, 60, was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) at St Albans Magistrates' Court because of his anti-social behaviour which is linked to his drinking.
Mr Hodgson, of no fixed address, has urinated in doorways, blocked access to houses, verbally abused local residents, congregated with others causing intimidation and been drunk and rude.
CBOs replace Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) and Drinking Banning Orders on conviction and are issued by a criminal court to tackle the most persistently anti-social individuals who are also engaged in criminal activity.
The CBO was granted by the court from April 8 following other criminal proceedings relating to common assault, assault on a police officer and outraging public decency. Hodgson pleaded guilty to all three offences and was sentenced to a 12-month community order.
PC Mohamed Huzair, from the North Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, made the successful application to the court for the CBO and said:
"I am pleased that the court granted the order," he said. "The magistrates saw that his unpleasant, abusive and criminal behaviour has been a constant thorn in the side of residents and agreed that action was necessary.
Hodgson's behaviour is associated with his drinking and the order now makes it a criminal offence for him to drink in public (until October 8). Hopefully this order will help him see the error of his ways but if not he will likely find himself in trouble with the law."
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