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Asbo man fury at 'name and shame'

Arthur de Val
Mr De Val says he feels victimised

A man featured on a new police "naming and shaming" website claims he is being unfairly victimised.

Arthur De Val, 63, of Newton Abbot, Devon, was given an indefinite Asbo and jailed for six months in April, but freed pending an appeal.

Mr De Val, convicted of seven counts of harassment, features in the Asbo section of the Devon and Cornwall Police's Court and Convicted section.

The force declined to comment on Mr De Val's accusations.

'Reassuring communities'

Mr De Val, who spent four days in prison before his release on bail, told BBC News: "They are demonising me unfairly.

"I was led to understand that as we were appealing against conviction and sentence that the sentence had been frozen, and that included the Asbo aspect, until the appeal had been heard.

"I feel victimised."

The Devon and Cornwall force said the Court and Convicted pages were aimed at "reassuring communities action is being taken to bring offenders to justice".

Court and Convicted is divided into the three policing districts of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Plymouth.

A police spokesman said: "There is a lot of work we do to arrest people and working with other agencies to bring people to justice.

"Court and Convicted is about reassuring communities that we take their concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour seriously and are taking positive action to make our communities safer.

"From our consultation with the public it is clear that we are quite reticent about giving them this information which in turn can adversely impact on public confidence.

"They experience or hear about the crime but don't always hear about the outcomes."



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