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Nuneaton man jailed for anti-social behaviour

Published on Tuesday, 27th July 2021

Nuneaton man Lewis Parkes is sentenced to prison for breaching an anti-social behaviour injunction



Nuneaton man Lewis Parkes has been jailed after flouting terms of an injunction linked to his anti-social behaviour.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council obtained an injunction order against Parkes, of Poyser Road, for causing anti-social behaviour in the Hill Top area of Nuneaton, at the County Court in Warwickshire Justice Centre in November 2019. The terms of this injunction were varied in July 2020 following reports of anti social behaviour in the area by Parkes, and powers of arrests were attached to the injunction as a result.

These terms meant he was forbidden from entering Tulliver Road and Sorrel Road, Nuneaton, or from causing alarm and distress to residents of Poyser Road. There were also a number of residents Parkes was forbidden to contact by any means, in any location. Parkes was reported to have breached the injunction order and Police enforced the power of arrest in June 2021.

Housing Officers worked in partnership with Warwickshire Police Safer Neighbourhoods Team to gather evidence and statements from witnesses outlining the breaches that had taken place. Committal proceedings took place in the County Court at Warwickshire Justice Centre on 26 July, where Parkes was found guilty of 14 breaches of the injunction – 13 of which he denied – and was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, to be served immediately.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council deputy leader and spokesperson on policing matters, Cllr Clare Golby, said: “Antisocial behaviour is an unacceptable scourge of our communities. It’s something which affects people’s quality of life even when they’re in their own homes and is something for which I have little tolerance.

“Residents of Nuneaton, Bedworth and Bulkington shouldn’t - and more importantly don’t - have to live at the mercy of people like this. 

“Council officers and police did a great piece of joint working to get this result. I would also like to thank members of the community for their part in standing up and saying they weren’t going to accept Parkes’ behaviour anymore. Hopefully now they can enjoy some peace and quiet.”

Insp Dave Williams, Safer Neighbourhood lead for Warwickshire Police in Nuneaton and Bedworth, said: “Parkes has had repeated opportunities to change his behaviour and comply with the court order. His persistent refusal to do so has led to this lengthy prison sentence.

“These types of court orders are a valuable tool to tackle anti-social behaviour which has a negative impact on our communities.

“Nuneaton residents can be reassured that we will always work with our partners to enforce court orders and bring people who breach them to justice. “