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Injunction issued to woman after anti-social behaviour in Stroud


A woman from Stroud has received an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction following continued drunken, abusive and anti-social behaviour.

Charlotte Atkins, aged 39, was served with the injunction on Tuesday 9 August following a hearing at Gloucester and Cheltenham County Court.

The case was brought against Atkins by Solace, a joint team of officers from Gloucestershire Constabulary, Gloucester City Council and Cheltenham Borough Council, which is currently being piloted in the Stroud district.

It followed reports that Atkins had engaged in anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and abusive behaviour, despite numerous attempts by the authorities to engage with her.

The majority of the incidents involved shoplifting and aggressive begging, either at cashpoints or by approaching vehicles at car parks in Paganhill, Cashes Green, Ebley and the town centre.

The order imposed by the courts forbids her from:

  1. Engaging in conduct which causes or is capable of causing alarm or harassment or distress to any person within the district of Stroud;
  2. Using or threatening to use violence against any person within the district of Stroud;
  3. Begging at any time within the district of Stroud (this includes but is not limited to asking for money and/or cigarettes and/or food).

Solace Officer PCSO Tanya Wilson said: “Charlotte Atkins has caused disruption to the local businesses and distress to members of the public. This order was sought in an effort to stop Atkins from continuing in this manner.”

Stroud Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Jacqueline Weller said: “This is another fantastic example of the ongoing partnership work in the Stroud district to tackle anti-social behaviour.

“The granting of this injunction will send a clear message that the behaviour demonstrated by Atkins will not be tolerated.”

The injunction, which includes a power of arrest, will remain in place until 4 August 2024.

Anyone who witnesses any breaches is asked to report information online: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/

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