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Man banned from drinking in Newbury town centre

Order will "provide respite" for the local community

John Herring

John Herring


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A man has been banned from drinking, plus shouting and swearing, in Newbury Town Centre.

Peter Kelly, of no fixed abode, was issued a Criminal Behaviour Order after being "extremely abusive" to others. 

The 49-year-old was arrested in April for being drunk and disorderly in Newtown Road; shouting at people and running into the street.

Mr Kelly pleaded guilty to the offence at a hearing at Reading Magistrates Court on May 10. Upon conviction, Thames Valley Police applied for a CBO.

The application was heard at the same court on Tuesday, and the order was granted the same day.

The CBO, which is in place for three years, prohibits Mr Kelly from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in Newbury town centre.

He is also prevented from shouting, swearing or using threatening language to people, including police officers and police community support officers.

Breach of this order could result in a fine or imprisonment.

Anti-Social Behaviour Officer, PC Peter Duffy, said: "Thames Valley Police take reports of such anti-social behaviour very seriously and we will use a range of legislation to bring those responsible to justice.

"The Criminal Behaviour Order granted will provide respite for the local community in relation to Kelly's anti-social behaviour.

"When drunk in public he becomes extremely abusive and his aggressive behaviour has been directed at the general public as well as police officers and police community support officers.

"If Kelly breaches the order he will be arrested, and upon conviction, could be sentenced to up to five years imprisonment.

"Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour can report incidents on the Thames Valley Police website at 

"Alternatively you can call our 24-hour police enquiry centre on 101 and ask to speak to your local neighbourhood team."

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  • DonCossack

    26/07/2018 - 23:11

    Literally seen this guy scream and shout and attempt to fight people in town only to attempt to attack a security guard from the kennet centre and ending up knocking himself out on the floor. Also saw him swearing and shouting at literally everybody who walked past him in the park last week and also aggressively leching over women, some who were walking their kids home from primary school


    • Tommy

      27/07/2018 - 12:12

      He obviously needs treatment of some sort, preferably somewhere secure !!


  • grumpy

    26/07/2018 - 14:02

    I thought drinking in the town centre was banned anyway ?? if they caught him on Newtown Road he was obviously on his way to or from "The Spike". Pointless fining him, because he won't know he's doing it again, which he clearly will.


  • daves0110

    26/07/2018 - 13:01

    i cant understand why they do this to people with no address i guess the man has a drinking problem but it seems easier for the courts and police to do this because they know hes not going to stick to it so they will fine him first of which he cant pay so then he will be put in prison for no payment of fines


  • NoisyNortherner

    26/07/2018 - 13:01

    It's pretty depressing that the CBO has to explicitly call out that he's banned from abusive behaviour. Surely that'd be expected of any reasonable person anyway?


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