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Street drinkers before magistrates

Three more persistent street drinkers in Boston have been dealt with by town magistrates.

In April Boston Borough Council was the first in the country to prosecute someone for persistently drinking alcohol in a drink-control zone.

He admitted breaching a Community Protection Notice (CPN) issued after he continuously ignored warnings after drinking alcohol in the town's Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) area.

On Monday three more were dealt with in the same way.

Rodger Brackner (59), of 188 Wyberton Low Road, Boston, was fined £440 and ordered to pay a £44 victim surcharge and costs of £250. He failed to attend and the case was found proved in his absence. The court was told he breached his CPN on one occasion.

Rebecca Bulman (38), of 120 Carlton Road, Boston, faced five charges of breaching her CPN. They were proved in her absence when she failed to attend. She was also in breach of a suspended sentence order and a warrant for her arrest was issued. This was lifted because she then arrived late in court and was fined a total of £100 for breaches of the CPN and given a three-month DRR (Drug Rehabilitation Requirement) for the breach of the suspended sentence order. She was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £35 and costs of £125.

Keith Bisby (65), of 26 Taverner Road, Boston, pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching a CPN and was fined a total of £120 and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge. There was no order for costs because of his limited income.
He was told to undertake an initial assessment with Addaction and then undertake such work as required by them during a three-month period.

Cllr Paul Skinner, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for community safety, said: "It is sad to see local residents in court because of alcohol, but in these instances numerous warnings failed to have any effect on their behaviour.
"The council has a duty to use whatever powers it has available to remove this nuisance from the streets in Boston. The borough council was the first in the country to use the PSPO legislation, following complaints from the public about street drinking. And by now being the first to take legal action against street drinkers we demonstrate that we will use the powers at our disposal."