Homeless men handed ASBOs and town park ban after months of anti-social behaviour in Trowbridge (From Wiltshire Times)
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Homeless men handed ASBOs and town park ban after months of anti-social behaviour in Trowbridge
Two violent and homeless drunks who have wreaked havoc around Trowbridge town centre for months have been given ASBOs and banned from the town’s park.
Police Sergeant Malcolm Mclundie says people can now feel safe using the park again, after months of drink-fuelled violent assaults and lewd behaviour in front of young families by Piotr Stec, 36, and Marek Adam Stanis, 42, both of no fixed abode.
They have been given three-year anti-social behaviour orders banning them from drinking alcohol in Trowbridge town centre or from entering the Town Park or Riverside Walk.
Breaching the ASBO could mean up to five years in prison for the pair, who appeared together at North Wiltshire Magistrates Court in Chippenham on Tuesday.
They will now receive professional help for their alcohol addiction from support workers.
The court was told how, between October 28 last year and May 22, they had lunged at a woman as she walked past them and assaulted an elderly man in the park in front of families with young children.
They also urinated and vomited in front of children, refused to leave the town when ordered to do so by police, and attempted to steal vodka from Lidl and wine from Tesco.
Magistrate Andrew Jones, chairman of the bench, said: “Over the last couple of months we have become aware of the history here and we are currently of the opinion that an ASBO is required.”
The order was served to Stec and Stanis in Polish, their native language, as neither speaks good English.
Speaking briefly after the hearing, Stec simply said: “We accept it.”
Stanis added: “I am half happy with the result.”
Sgt Mclundie said: “We are satisfied with the court’s decision. This has come in response to complaints from residents over a long period of time.
“It is important that areas like the park can be enjoyed by everyone without fear of anti-social behaviour.”
Wiltshire Council’s public protection officer Rowena Green said: “The sort of behaviour demonstrated by these two men will not be tolerated in our communities.”
The men are two of a dozen homeless street drinkers in the town who are being closely monitored by the police, council and support charities.
Both men are to be helped by the Wiltshire Addiction Support Project, which is leading a detox project to get them off alcohol.
Support worker Andrew Davidson said that a previous detox project got two Polish men in similar situations off the streets and back into work.
Mr Davidson said: “We are trying to do the same thing again and we are currently planning it but it takes a lot of hard work from a lot of people.
“Homeless people can easily fall into a trap because of the way the system works, which can be very frustrating.”