Crasbo bans Worcester alcoholic from part of city

Worcester News: Graham Higgins Graham Higgins

AN alcoholic has been banned from Worcester city centre for two years after he was involved in 25 incidents in six months.

Graham Higgins, aged 44, of no fixed abode, cannot enter the area including Angel Street, part of the High Street, the Shambles, Shrub Hill retail park, and St Martin’s Quarter, under the terms of his criminal anti-social behaviour order (Crasbo).

On Tuesday, May 6, Worcester Magistrates Court heard how Higgins had been involved in 25 incidents between August 2013 and January 2014 when he came to the attention of the police for being drunk and for causing alarm, harassment and distress to the public.

These included incidents of begging for money, spitting, committing assaults, swearing, and sleeping in doorways.

On one occasion he tried to sleep on a bench in the front counter of Worcester police station in Castle Street and had to be ejected from the building.

PC Paul Wanklyn, of the city centre Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “Since January, Higgins has only come to the attention of the police three times.

“Higgins is currently living in Solihull and although it is acknowledged he has improved significantly in the last couple of months, we feel that a CRASBO is still necessary to protect people, should he return to or visit Worcester.”

The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law.

If Higgins breaches the CRASBO he could face up to five years in jail.

He can only enter the restricted area to attend the Probation Office on Shaw Street or the walk-in medical centre in Farrier Street, with a pre-arranged appointment.

At an earlier hearing in January, the court gave Higgins a six-month conditional discharge for a public order offence, relating to an incident in which he was found asleep in a pedestrianised area and swore when told by police to move on.

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10:58am Fri 9 May 14

brooksider says...

'CRASBO band'
Can't wait for the new album.
'CRASBO band' Can't wait for the new album. brooksider
  • Score: 28

10:58am Fri 9 May 14

Peter47 says...

About time you got a proofreader or at very least a sub-editor to look over your headlines. Appalling.
About time you got a proofreader or at very least a sub-editor to look over your headlines. Appalling. Peter47
  • Score: 24

11:01am Fri 9 May 14

Peter47 says...

Ah, altered instantly.

Why was it not done correctly in the first place ?

Always a source of amusement these headlines.
Ah, altered instantly. Why was it not done correctly in the first place ? Always a source of amusement these headlines. Peter47
  • Score: 20

11:13am Fri 9 May 14

CJH says...

I don't know what's worse, the fact that it's done in the first place, or that no-one seems to notice at WN until we start leaving comments. Be interesting to hear what the editor has to say on this matter. It's getting worse, that's for sure.
I don't know what's worse, the fact that it's done in the first place, or that no-one seems to notice at WN until we start leaving comments. Be interesting to hear what the editor has to say on this matter. It's getting worse, that's for sure. CJH
  • Score: 17

11:44am Fri 9 May 14

DanMacc says...

Ah, it is really great that he gets the help he so obviously needs to get better from this sickness. Oh no, wait, yeah lets just throw him into the street and ban him from town. #good #one.
Ah, it is really great that he gets the help he so obviously needs to get better from this sickness. Oh no, wait, yeah lets just throw him into the street and ban him from town. #good #one. DanMacc
  • Score: 11

12:50pm Fri 9 May 14

SgtAl says...

Quote: "The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law."

Is it not the law which does that, not the CRASBO?
Quote: "The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law." Is it not the law which does that, not the CRASBO? SgtAl
  • Score: 13

2:13pm Fri 9 May 14

canuck7 says...

SgtAl wrote:
Quote: "The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law."

Is it not the law which does that, not the CRASBO?
Valid point sir. the Law is SUPPOSED to ban drinking in "designated" public places. however as quite few of us round here it does'nt in practise.. every day i see "certain" people swigging cans of booze around the city. it's out of hand, has been for a long time, it;'s getting worse, and not going to ge any better. until the "LAW" is enforced properly - ie- Zero tolerance. then it sends out the message to others that the will be a cost to them WHEN they are cought. oh.. the person that gave a negative to SrtA1 original point here to which i'm replying, i say - What have You got against the truth being spoken?
[quote][p][bold]SgtAl[/bold] wrote: Quote: "The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law." Is it not the law which does that, not the CRASBO?[/p][/quote]Valid point sir. the Law is SUPPOSED to ban drinking in "designated" public places. however as quite few of us round here it does'nt in practise.. every day i see "certain" people swigging cans of booze around the city. it's out of hand, has been for a long time, it;'s getting worse, and not going to ge any better. until the "LAW" is enforced properly - ie- Zero tolerance. then it sends out the message to others that the will be a cost to them WHEN they are cought. oh.. the person that gave a negative to SrtA1 original point here to which i'm replying, i say - What have You got against the truth being spoken? canuck7
  • Score: 14

2:18pm Fri 9 May 14

Andy_R says...

"The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law."

So he's prohibited from doing something that is already prohibited by law?
"The order also prohibits him from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any place being a designated alcohol free zone, where consumption is prohibited by law." So he's prohibited from doing something that is already prohibited by law? Andy_R
  • Score: 12

2:45pm Fri 9 May 14

canuck7 says...

What they continue to do is shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. i attended A council / police / "Crime commissoner" meeting at the Guildhall recently. i spoke about the street drinking problem in the city. interestingly i spoke the one of the local magistrates too about it and She said- "what is the good in fining them or imprisoning them for illegal drinking etc, when it won't stop them and they need help?" Consiqently, i can understand the Police reluctance to do anything about them when the justice system does'nt deal with them appropiately. at least until they've got well out of hand like Mr Higgin's....
What they continue to do is shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. i attended A council / police / "Crime commissoner" meeting at the Guildhall recently. i spoke about the street drinking problem in the city. interestingly i spoke the one of the local magistrates too about it and She said- "what is the good in fining them or imprisoning them for illegal drinking etc, when it won't stop them and they need help?" Consiqently, i can understand the Police reluctance to do anything about them when the justice system does'nt deal with them appropiately. at least until they've got well out of hand like Mr Higgin's.... canuck7
  • Score: 9

11:13pm Fri 9 May 14

The Villan says...

Instead of just issuing a CRASBO, why don't they get him and others into a rehab programme to help them with their addiction? Surely it is more beneficial to address the problem and not just the offence?
Instead of just issuing a CRASBO, why don't they get him and others into a rehab programme to help them with their addiction? Surely it is more beneficial to address the problem and not just the offence? The Villan
  • Score: 14

10:12am Sat 10 May 14

canuck7 says...

The Villan wrote:
Instead of just issuing a CRASBO, why don't they get him and others into a rehab programme to help them with their addiction? Surely it is more beneficial to address the problem and not just the offence?
Agreed, this is what is needed. but the powers that be including many local councillors at the guildhall i spoke to just are'nt interested in this suggestion i put to them.nor obviously jailing them. i have strong connections with a registered charity rehab who are willing to take these offenders and do so as an "alternative" to prosocution in other parts of the uk, but still no interest here. so until there are changes we will continue to see these pathetic stories with "mug shots".
[quote][p][bold]The Villan [/bold] wrote: Instead of just issuing a CRASBO, why don't they get him and others into a rehab programme to help them with their addiction? Surely it is more beneficial to address the problem and not just the offence?[/p][/quote]Agreed, this is what is needed. but the powers that be including many local councillors at the guildhall i spoke to just are'nt interested in this suggestion i put to them.nor obviously jailing them. i have strong connections with a registered charity rehab who are willing to take these offenders and do so as an "alternative" to prosocution in other parts of the uk, but still no interest here. so until there are changes we will continue to see these pathetic stories with "mug shots". canuck7
  • Score: 11

2:54pm Sun 11 May 14

scolesy says...

Don't pander to these worthless scum,,,lock them up,,,
Don't pander to these worthless scum,,,lock them up,,, scolesy
  • Score: -2

3:18pm Sun 11 May 14

The Villan says...

canuck7 wrote:
The Villan wrote:
Instead of just issuing a CRASBO, why don't they get him and others into a rehab programme to help them with their addiction? Surely it is more beneficial to address the problem and not just the offence?
Agreed, this is what is needed. but the powers that be including many local councillors at the guildhall i spoke to just are'nt interested in this suggestion i put to them.nor obviously jailing them. i have strong connections with a registered charity rehab who are willing to take these offenders and do so as an "alternative" to prosocution in other parts of the uk, but still no interest here. so until there are changes we will continue to see these pathetic stories with "mug shots".
Well it would appear these councillors are very short sighted and not at all forward thinking. I'm sure the police, the ones who have to deal with them face to face, would differ to their viewpoint too!
[quote][p][bold]canuck7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Villan [/bold] wrote: Instead of just issuing a CRASBO, why don't they get him and others into a rehab programme to help them with their addiction? Surely it is more beneficial to address the problem and not just the offence?[/p][/quote]Agreed, this is what is needed. but the powers that be including many local councillors at the guildhall i spoke to just are'nt interested in this suggestion i put to them.nor obviously jailing them. i have strong connections with a registered charity rehab who are willing to take these offenders and do so as an "alternative" to prosocution in other parts of the uk, but still no interest here. so until there are changes we will continue to see these pathetic stories with "mug shots".[/p][/quote]Well it would appear these councillors are very short sighted and not at all forward thinking. I'm sure the police, the ones who have to deal with them face to face, would differ to their viewpoint too! The Villan
  • Score: 4

11:06am Mon 12 May 14

Fr Jack says...

Give him at least a bottle of vodka per day...He shows promise Fr Jack
Give him at least a bottle of vodka per day...He shows promise Fr Jack Fr Jack
  • Score: -1

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