A homeless man who stole from high street shops and abused a council worker has been banned from Retford Town Centre to prevent him from committing further acts of anti-social behaviour.
Bassetlaw District Council was granted an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction against Shane Hulls, who had been living in the doorways of the former Greenwoods Menswear shop and YourMove Estate Agents.
The Injunction was granted at Mansfield County Court on Wednesday 26th June 2019, and prevents Mr Hulls, of no fixed abode, from entering Retford Town Centre and from engaging in conduct which is capable of causing harassment, alarm or distress to a member of the Council’s Street Cleaning Team. The injunction will remain in force until Friday 3rd January 2020.
The Court heard that following complaints about his conduct, Mr Hulls was issued with a Community Protection Warning (CPW) on 31st January, which required him not to enter specified areas in Retford to commit acts that can be deemed as illegal and cause harassment, alarm or distress to others in the locality.
Mr Hulls did not abide by the conditions of the CPW and on 12th February he was taken into Police custody and charged with a number of offences including theft from local shops within Retford Town Centre. Further to this, Mr Hulls verbally threatened a member of the Council’s street cleaning team on 14th February 2019.
Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “Mr Hulls has been a persistent nuisance in Retford Town Centre for some time and this Injunction will prevent him from committing any further acts of anti-social behaviour.
“The Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team, in conjunction with the Street Outreach Team had continuously tried to persuade Mr Hulls to engage with their services and into temporary accommodation. Mr Hulls refused to engage and the Council was left with no other choice than to pursue an Injunction.”
The Injunction will remain in force until 12 noon on Friday 3 January 2020 which prevents Mr Hulls from the following:
Shane Hulls, whether by himself or by instructing or encouraging or allowing any other person be forbidden from:
Engaging in conduct which is capable of causing harassment alarm or distress to a named employee of Bassetlaw District Council and their family; or others employed by Bassetlaw District Council while carrying out they lawful duties. For the avoidance of doubt this clause includes but is not limited to shouting, swearing, fighting, violence and threats of violence.
Entering or remaining upon the areas edged in black on the map which is attached to this order, other than if accessing Retford Fire Station, Wharf Road, Retford, when the Council is offering severe weather night shelter for the District’s homeless and rough sleeper or Retford Police Station, Market Square, Retford.
Both requirements of the Injunction are subject to a power of arrest. Shane Hulls was also ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £308 in respect of the injunction application.
Shortly after this Injunction was obtained, Mr Hulls was handed a 21-week jail sentence for being in possession of a bladed article for the second time.
Last Updated on Tuesday, August 20, 2019