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Man fined for failing to comply with dispersal notice in Thatcham

Alert message sent 11/10/2017 08:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

A man has been fined for failing to comply with a dispersal notice in Thatcham.

Alex Lawson, aged 18 of Farmhouse Mews, Thatcham, appeared at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 27 September.

At approximately 8.40pm on 28 July this year, a group of youths gathered outside Thatcham Library were seen to be drinking, shouting, and one of the group was found to be in possession of cannabis.

Officers attended and the group were asked to leave for a set period of time under section 35 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

As part of the direction to leave, nine people in the group including Lawson were provided with a map marked with an area to stay out of for 48 hours.

At 4.30pm on 30 July, Lawson was seen in Thatcham Broadway. He was subsequently reported for summons for failing to comply with a section 35 direction excluding a person from an area.

At his court appearance, Lawson pleaded guilty to the offence.

He was ordered to pay a total of £365 (a £250 fine, £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service and a surcharge to fund victim services for £30).

PC Jon Bradford, a Neighbourhood Officer from the Problem Solving Team based at Newbury Police Station, said: “There have been ongoing reports of anti-social behaviour within Thatcham by members of the public, who have felt intimidated and distressed by large groups gathering in particular places in the town. This is not something we want within our community - we want residents and visitors of all ages to feel safe within the town.

“We will continue to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour within the town – and hopefully this result will send a warning to those who intend to ignore dispersal notices.”

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Claire Williams (Police, Co-ordinator, West Berkshire)

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