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Councillor Samantha Deakin in Portland Square with a CPO

Sutton Resident sentenced for Anti-social Behaviour

A Sutton resident has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order and a custodial sentence following anti-social behaviour in Sutton town centre.

Following ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour and continued street drinking in the town centre, Michael Wagstaff, 55, of Clare Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield has been prosecuted at Mansfield Magistrates Court.

Wagstaff consumed and failed to surrender alcohol to an authorised person on three occasions. This was in breach of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act and the Public Spaces Protection Order in place in Sutton town centre.

Despite the Council’s Community Safety Team issuing two formal warnings and two Fixed Penalty Notices, Wagstaff continued to ignore Ashfield District Council and Nottinghamshire Police.

Wagstaff continued to drink alcohol in the town centre which had an adverse effect on local residents, visitors and traders.

Despite having opportunity to receive support for his alcohol use, he failed to engage which led the Council to pursue court action.

As a result of the Council’s prosecution, Wagstaff received the Criminal Behaviour Order on 16th April 2021. This means he cannot drink alcohol in the town centre or engage in aggressive behaviour towards officers or the public.

Wagstaff was also prosecuted at Nottingham Magistrates Court for matters brought forward by the Crown Prosecution Service, including criminal damage, assault on an emergency worker and a public order offence.  The Judge therefore sentenced the offender to 20 weeks in custody suspended for 12 months.

Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council said: “Our town centres are important for residents so we must do all we can to keep them safe and not let a small minority ruin it for everyone else.

“In partnership with Nottinghamshire Police colleagues, we will always try to engage with offenders to achieve a positive outcome. This sentence shows however that if that doesn’t work, we are not afraid to take court action against individuals.”

“We encourage residents to call 999 to report live breaches of Wagstaff’s Criminal Behaviour Order and any other crime.”