Mansfield Magistrates' Court

A man from Mansfield has been fined and banned from parts of the town centre for antisocial behaviour including drug taking and abusing police officers.

Peter Welch, a 43-year-old resident of Hickling Court in Mansfield, failed to attend Mansfield Magistrates’ Court on November 27.

He was convicted of eight offences in his absence and failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice (CPN). 

The case was brought by Mansfield District Council after its Community Safety team had received numerous complaints about Welch’s anti-social behaviour since April 2018.

He was often seen under the influence of drugs such as mamba, begging, swearing and shouting at officers. 

The court heard that he was served with a CPN under the antisocial behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which required him not to approach people to beg in Mansfield district.

But he was seen begging in busy areas of the town centre and retail parks between May and July 2019, and when approached by officers, he became aggressive and abusive.

Welch was ordered to pay a fine of £50 for each offence, a surcharge of £30 and a contribution to costs of £500 – total of £930 to be paid in full within 14 days. 

The court also agreed to the council’s request to grant a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for three years.

Mansfield District Council head of health and communities David Evans said: “We are delighted with the result of this successful prosecution.

“Applying for CBOs for repeat offenders is one example of how we are using all our available powers and working closely with the police to reduce the amount of antisocial behaviour in the town centre for the benefit of our residents, businesses and visitors.”

If Welch breaches the order he could face up to five years in prison.