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Asbo prevents Vicars from being drunk in public

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

Ross Vicars.

Ross Vicars.

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A 22-YEAR-old Mousehole man has been handed a three-year Asbo which forbids him from being drunk in any public place in Cornwall.

Ross James Vicars was issued with the order at West Cornwall Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Sergeant Flo Linscott, from the Penzance Neighbourhood Team, said: "Numerous interventions had been made to guide, support and rehabilitate Vicars but he failed to engage, leading to further acts of alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour."

Previous orders such as drink banning orders have been imposed but with limited success and due to a further escalation in Vicars' behaviour, it was decided there was no alternative but to apply for an Asbo to protect the public.

The application, which was made in partnership between Cornwall Council's Antisocial Behaviour Team and Devon and Cornwall Police, prohibits Vicars from being in a state of drunkenness and from being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any public area in Cornwall.

Dorian Thomas, from Cornwall Council's ASB team, added: "It is unacceptable to behave in such a manner while intoxicated and to be out of control.

"Members of the public need to be protected from such behaviour and must have the confidence and reassurance to report antisocial behaviour.

"By reporting this type of behaviour will assist in making our towns a more pleasant place to socialise and live."

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  • Phil_JDW  |  January 24 2014, 4:05PM

    Okay, none of want to see Vicars drunk in public........BUT there is of course a serious side naturally to this, with finance yet again a deciding factor as to how things are dealt with. Why? Well, there are too many repeat offenders allowed to roam free, as good as let off because prisons are too crowded, presumably. Secondly, if they need important help (because of mental health issues, or whatever), then again there should be the back up to help with this. All of this must be extremely frustrating for the police, and it is concern in a case like this that if something similar happens in the future, there is always the worry that innocent persons will be put at risk.

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  • BobToronto  |  January 24 2014, 3:53PM

    I agree with NBG1971. However what with a substance abusing Methodist minister/ banker making headlines, anything is possible!

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  • josdave  |  January 24 2014, 10:47AM

    Preferably a long spell in prison might wake him up but I doubt it. Asbos are a joke and it's about time the courts realised this.

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  • Big_Ger  |  January 24 2014, 9:26AM

    A spell in the slammer is what he needs.

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  • NBG1971  |  January 24 2014, 8:57AM

    great misleading headline :)

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