NEW powers are being used to stop a man from committing repeated anti-social behaviour

Clinton Snelling was the subject of a long running investigation by Lewes’s neighbourhood policing team following many complaints about his criminal and anti-social behaviour from local people.

The 39-year-old has now become the first in the Lewes District to be served with a civil injunction over his persistent anti-social behaviour.

Incidents took place both near Snelling’s address in Blois Road and elsewhere Lewes.

During 12 months up to the end of March 2016, police recorded no fewer than 17 reports and complaints about Snelling’s behaviour, which were used in the application for the Injunction.

These included assaults on a woman police constable and a woman police community support officer, theft, threatening staff at several businesses, harassing young people in the street, pestering people for money, spitting, littering and defecating in public.

Many of these incidents occurred when Snelling was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Judge Richard Robinson at Brighton County Court was satisfied that Snelling’s behaviour included the use or threatened use of violence.

He granted an injunction against snelling under Section 4 of the Anti--Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. This will last for two years with a power or arrest for any alleged breach.

Police said it will bring relief to the long-suffering community

Snelling is now prohibited from being intoxicated through drink, drugs or any other substance within a public place, shouting any profanity at a member of the public in a public place causing them fear, alarm or distress, begging for money and being in possession of any open container that contains alcohol in a public place.

He is also banned from spitting in any public place, leaving his home address between the hours of 10pm and 6am and entering any residential property (to include, but not limited to, pathways, yards, drives and front or back gardens) without permission from the occupier.