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Injunction for Aylesbury man who broke social-distancing rules

He was seen having friends over & going out several times a day.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:03pm 9th April 2020. 4-minute read.

Injunction for Aylesbury man who broke social-distancing rules

An Aylesbury man has been given an injunction for breaking social-distancing rules.

Christopher White, from Grenville Green, was seen still meeting with friends around his home, which he was leaving five or six times a day.

If he breaks the rules now, he could be jailed for up to two years.

What happened?

Grenville Green

Officers from Vale of Aylesbury Housing applied to court on an emergency basis after its Anti-social Behaviour Team received reports from concerned residents.

White, of Grenville Green, was imposed with the injunction following a remote hearing of Oxford Combined Court on 8 April 2020.

It is the first time the Trust has applied for an injunction against someone flouting the social distancing regulations.

The court heard that Mr White had shown no attempt to comply with restrictions and was leaving his home up to 5 or 6 times a day, and continuing to congregate with friends around his home, where he would then engage in threatening behaviour towards members of the public.

Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust / VAHT
VAHT helped secure the Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction

The court also heard that Mr White had been causing late night disturbances and disorder for over a year and all efforts made to change his behaviour have been short-lived. 

Mr White will now have to comply with the terms of the injunction, which include remaining in his home except for purposes permitted by the Government under coronavirus legislation.

He cannot meet friends or approach anyone closer than 2 meters.

He is also forbidden from playing amplified music from his own home between 7pm and 9am daily, engaging in disorderly and threatening behaviour or drinking alcohol in any public place within the Southcourt area.

Failure to observe these and other terms of the injunction could result in a sentence of up to 2 years in prison.

Police car
Police worked with the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust on the case

Inspector James Davies from the Aylesbury Vale neighbourhood team said:

"Christopher has been a nuisance for local residents for a number of months and his failure to adhere to the recent government guidelines means that his behaviour is causing a significant danger to public health as well as causing unnecessary disturbance with his ongoing anti-social behaviour. 

"While Thames Valley Police will always look to engage and encourage individuals to comply with the guidelines in the first instance, Christopher repeatedly refused to comply and when combined with his preceding behaviour, enforcement was the only option left available to us. 

"This order shows that we will work closely with partner agencies to robustly deal with anyone who chooses to act in this manner."

Heledd Williams, Assistant Director of Housing for the Trust said:

"Persistent anti-social behaviour is always a blight on the community and we work hard to ensure it is dealt with. 

"But in these extraordinary times, we understand the additional concern residents have at anyone's failure to observe the restrictions in place to protect everyone from Covid 19. Failure to observe social distancing puts people at unnecessary risk. 

"I hope the possibility of a substantial custodial sentence helps Mr White and anyone else who would flout social distancing to reconsider their actions and be more responsible."

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