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Prolific offender banned from Worcester city centre

Worcester Editorial 31st Jan, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A HOMELESS man with almost a hundred convictions for anti-social behaviour and other crimes has been banned from part of Worcester city centre.

Peter Swinbourne was already prevented from entering Pershore town centre after being slapped with a five-year Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) in April 2010 but magistrates have now extended it to Worcester.

Since the CRASBO was imposed, the 41-year-old has breached it 44 times, the majority of which have occurred in the city and he has served a number of prison sentences.

The variation to Swinbourne’s order, which came into effect on Wednesday (January 29) when he was released from prison, means he can no longer enter Lowesmoor, Shrub Hill Retail Park, St Martin’s Quarter, The Cross and part of the High Street.

He had just served an 18 week sentence for breaching his original CRASBO and another offence while serving a suspended sentence.

On extending his ban to the city centre, Worcester magistrates were told while Swinbourne was banned from Pershore he began causing problems instead.

Swinbourne had already been permanently excluded from a hostel in Worcester and banned from a day centre in the city due to his behaviour.

Jenny Willems, community harm co-ordinator at West Mercia Police, said: “By varying the order to ban him from parts of Worcester as well as Pershore, it is hoped he will make a fresh start somewhere else where he can access support from hostels and day centre and get out of his pattern of getting drunk, behaving in an anti social and disorderly way, and going to prison.

“It is also hoped Swinbourne’s exclusion from those parts of Worcester where people drink in the street is a step towards improving the quality of life for residents and visitors to the city, who had witnessed or been victims of his drunken, anti social behaviour.”

Swinbourne is only allowed in the area if he is attending the probation office or the walk in medical centre with a pre-arranged appointment.

Swinbourne’s CRASBO also prevents him from behaving in any way, or encouraging others to behave in any way that causes or is likely to cause any person harassment, alarm or distress, including using foul, abusive, offensive or racist language or gestures, or using aggressive, threatening or intimidating behaviour.

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