Man banned from streets for anti-social behaviour

A BEDLINGTON man has been banned from a number of streets in the town for causing continuous problems.

Bryan MacDonald, of no fixed abode, carried out alcohol-fuelled episodes of anti-social behaviour around the Whitsun Grove area.

This resulted in a enforcement unit from Bernica housing to successfully obtain an injunction, stopping him from entering Whitsun Grove, Whitsun Garden, Alfred Avenue, Lily Avenue, Rosalind Avenue and Park Road.

The incidents have included fighting, criminal damage, verbal abuse and foul language often in the early hours of the morning.

A power of arrest was attached to the order, which was served last week.

It means that if MacDonald breaches the injunction he could be sent to prison for up to five years.

Lindsey Lancaster, Bernicia housing officer enforcement, said: “People wish to enjoy their homes in peace and quiet, they don’t wish to witness, or have their children witness, and the type of behaviour MacDonald has indulged in.

“Bernicia will not accept such behaviour and are determined to stamp this out in order to improve the quality of life for our residents.

“Close partnership working with Northumbria Police has resulted in this being the third such injunction in Bedlington that we have successfully obtained so far in 2013.”

Sergeant Michael Kelliher, of Bedlington neighbourhood policing team, added: “It is a minority of people whose anti-social behaviour has made life difficult for residents in the Whitsun Grove area.

“I’m pleased to see that working in conjunction with Bernicia has resulted in a successful outcome.

“We will continue to work with our partner agencies and our local community to deal with anti-social behaviour and other issues which affect our area.”

Anyone who sees MacDonald in the prohibited area are being asked to contact Northumbria Police on the 101 non emergency number.