The civil injunction, sought under Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – also prevents him from entering King’s Lynn bus station, using foul language or abusive hand gestures in the town and acting in an aggressive or violent manner towards anyone in the wider area
A statement from The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, “Despite being offered support, assistance and accommodation in the past, his behaviour has remained offensive and aggressive.” Following complaints from traders and people in the community, West Norfolk council took the “last resort” of seeking an injunction to ban him from being intoxicated anywhere within the town.
The man was given a custodial sentence of two months for each of the three breaches, to run concurrently, on Thursday, December 14.
Ian Devereux, West Norfolk council cabinet member for environment, said: “It is a sad situation when we want to help someone who will not let us help.
“Despite several efforts to assist, we are now left with no choice but to prevent Mr Bidwell from being able to drink in certain areas as he is causing distress to other visitors and damaging the town’s reputation as a safe place to be.
“It really is a last resort but we cannot allow him to continue to have this negative impact on trade in the town centre.”