Asbo stops nuisance street drinker from crossing the road he lives on
ONE of Derby's most notorious street drinkers has been banned from part of the city for two years.
And, as part of an anti-social behaviour order, Michael Whetton will only be allowed to walk up one side of the street where he lives.
The Asbo means he can use the pavement on one side of London Road, but not the side closest to Normanton, which he is banned from entering.
Police and Derby City Council successfully applied for the order due to a number of incidents involving Whetton.
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Sergeant Dave Kirby, who is leading Operation Gershwin, targeting street drinking in the area, said: "Whetton has been a prolific problem since at least 2009. In this time, he has accrued at least 80 anti-social behaviour referrals.
"His behaviour included verbally abusing members of the public, park staff and police officers.
"In his most recent court appearance Whetton was found guilty of an unprovoked assault on Normanton Road.
"It was this crime to which the anti-social behaviour order was linked."
Magistrates granted the Asbo last week. Its terms mean Whetton cannot enter part of Normanton, as specified by a map, until November 19, 2014, unless he has a pre-arranged appointment with a solicitor or a doctor.
He is also not allowed to be seen in a public place drinking alcohol apart from on licensed premises. The terms also state he cannot "cause harassment, alarm or distress" to anyone.
Sgt Kirby said: "Getting an Asbo for such a long period of time sends out a very strong message that we are tackling this problem head-on."
He said there was a group of people who saw drinking and causing a nuisance as "some sort of social club".
He added: "Banning Michael Whetton will mean residents, shopkeepers and those who come into the area will see a real difference as he was one of the more hardened street drinkers and his presence attracted others like him."
Sgt Kirby said it was likely Whetton, 42, would face a prison term if he breached the order. As well as the Asbo, Whetton has been handed a curfew meaning he cannot leave his London Road home between the hours of 9am and 5pm for three months.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, cabinet member for Streetpride and Neighbourhoods at Derby City Council, said: "This sends a strong message that we will combat the street drinking in our city. The Asbo is a proportionate and legitimate measure to prevent this individual from causing any further negative effect on his community."