Man receives criminal behaviour order

​PR ref: 5028

Date: 06/08/2015

Wakefield Council has welcomed a decision by magistrates to impose a three year criminal behaviour order on a man who had deliberately exposed himself in Pontefract.

The Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, worked with West Yorkshire Police and successfully applied for the criminal behaviour order at Wakefield Magistrates Court, which was granted on August 4.

The court order means the man is prohibited from entering Pontefract Park, Parkside, Pontefract, Pontefract Castle, Pontefract and Valley Gardens for three years.

He has also been instructed he must not do anything which would cause distress or cause harassment to others within the Wakefield area. The order also bans the man from using threatening, abusive or insulting language towards people in the district.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council said: “I welcome the decision of the court to make this banning order.

“It sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour which can cause a lot of upset and distress to the victims.

“It is very important that all residents are able to go out and enjoy our wonderful public spaces, including Pontefract Park and Pontefract Castle without fear of harassment.”

The man had previously been convicted of two exposure offences under the sexual offences act 2003 in Pontefract Park, and Pontefract Castle, where he exposed his genitals.

If he breaches the criminal behaviour order he faces arrest, and potentially, a custodial sentence.