Man banned from being drunk in public everywhere in England

Gavin Prieto, aged 47
Gavin Prieto, aged 47, has been made the subject of a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order -Credit:Devon and Cornwall Police

A man has been prohibited from being intoxicated in any public place across England and Wales after a series of incidents. Gavin Prieto, 47, of Barnstaple in Devon was slapped with a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by the Barnstaple Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, April 30, following his conviction for public urination, which led to an application for the order by neighbourhood officers.

The CBO strictly forbids Prieto from engaging in any anti-social behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress to anyone within England and Wales. This includes any intimidating or threatening actions.

Additionally, he is barred from being under the influence of alcohol or any illegal substances in public spaces, carrying an open container of alcohol unless he is on licensed premises, and from urinating or defecating in any public area.

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This legal action comes in the wake of Prieto's conviction for outraging public decency due to an incident of public urination that occurred on November 25, 2023. He pleaded guilty to the offence and received a nine-month community order from Exeter Magistrates' Court on February 19.

Police Sergeant Chris Mannell, who heads the Barnstaple Neighbourhood Policing Team, commented: "We have secured this order after acting on concerns received from our community.", reports Devon Live.

"The comprehensive conditions will allow local police to effectively manage this individual's behaviour in public. We would encourage anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour in their community to report it to their local police."

Prieto must now adhere to the CBO's stringent conditions.