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 Monday, 23 December, 2002, 17:38 GMT
Nationwide alcohol ban for offender
Mark Whittaker
Whittaker: Banned under anti-social behaviour laws
Magistrates have banned a 45-year-old man from drinking alcohol anywhere in England and Wales for three years.

It is the first time a court has issued the ban under anti-social behaviour order legislation.

Mark Whittaker, of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, appeared before magistrates in the town on Monday, accused of assaulting a shop assistant on 4 December.

Cheltenham Borough Council applied to the court for Whittaker to be banned from drinking and to be barred from entering council offices without written permission.

'Consumed alcohol'

The council said: "The defendant has repeatedly acted in a loud and drunken manner.

"He has been abusive and threatening to others, assaulted or attempted to assault others, stolen property from shops and damaged property belonging to others.

"The majority of the defendant's anti-social behaviour occurs after he has consumed alcohol."

Chief Inspector Mike Barton, of Cheltenham Police, said: "We are extremely pleased that we have been successful with this application.

Mr Whittaker has been a source of concern to both the public, Cheltenham Borough Council and the police for quite some time

Chief Inspector Mike Barton
"Mr Whittaker has been a source of concern to both the public, Cheltenham Borough Council and the police for quite some time.

"We believe that it is only by denying Mr Whittaker access to alcohol that he can make the changes in his lifestyle necessary to halt his previous anti-social behaviour."

Trevor Gladding of Cheltenham Borough Council, said: "The law is there to protect the majority against this very small minority that cause distress.

"By placing him under the order we can also help him to fight his difficulties."

On December 2, the Crime and Disorder act was amended to allow the courts to consider extending anti-social behaviour orders from the immediate area to the whole of England and Wales.

Whittaker was convicted of common assault and given a four-week jail sentence but was released as he had been in custody for seven weeks.

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