Rough sleepers banned from ‘intimidating others’ in Cambridge city cen…

Five men and a woman have been banned from sleeping rough in the city centre.

Police said the group had brought “misery” to locals due to aggressive begging, drug use and intimidation.

Aro Draven, 47, of East Road, Cambridge; Colin Grierson, 59, of Bucksherd Close, Great Cambourne; Nathan Jones, 55, of Willow Walk, Cambridge; Ralf Allgood, 34, of no fixed abode; Sarah Brown, 33, of Victoria Road, Cambridge and Dave Townsend, 41, of no fixed abode have all been served with the same injunctions.

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The court orders – which last for two years – ban them from a range of activities around the city centre.

This includes sleeping or lying down anytime of the day or night, taking drugs, begging while under the influence of drink or drugs, dropping litter and intimidating others.

The group are also banned from the car parks at the Grafton Centre and Grand Arcade and their associated stairwells.

Sergeant Kevin Misik who leads the Cambridge neighbourhood team, said: “We have been working closely alongside our partner agencies for some months now to address the behaviour of these individuals which has caused misery to residents of and visitors to the city.

“I’m pleased this injunction has been imposed and urge anyone who believes them to be in breach of it to contact us.”

The injunctions were worked up in partnership with Cambridge City Council.

A report said preventative work had been undertaken to “address the behaviours” before the injunctions were made, but that this had not been successful.

It said: “These injunctions have not been taken lightly and have been considered necessary, not only to safeguard the wider community, but also the individuals who are putting themselves at risk of harm.

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“Injunctive action has only been taken following careful consideration and persistent offers of sustain and different options for the people involved.

“The street life community working group had taken preventative measures to address the behaviours, but these actions have not been successful, and the working group has consequently agreed to take action against the most persistently problematic people.

“Those involved in enforcement action have been known to sets for a important length of time and most of them have accommodation obtainable to them.

“Those that do not have accommodation have lost such because of behaviour or by not using it.

“The options and sustain officers keep in place and can be taken up at any time.”

Police have asked anyone who is aware of the order being breached to call 101.



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