Jail for breaching Ripley injunction

A problem individual who was banned from Ripley town centre has now been jailed after consistently breaching his injunction.

Paul Mecia appeared at Derby County Court on Monday 30 April, when the Judge heard that he had previously breached his injunction on 10 occasions, for which he was given a suspended sentence. But the court heard he had then breached the injunction on two further occasions and had also breached bail conditions.

Mecia was unrepresented in court, despite being given three weeks to seek advice. He failed to give any plausible reasons for breaching the injunction and District Judge Davis sentenced him to 12 weeks’ custody.

In November last year Amber Valley Borough Council’s Community Safety Team, in partnership with Derbyshire Constabulary, sought Civil Injunctions on problem individuals who associate in the Ripley town centre. This action followed an escalation of drunken behaviour and concerns raised by local residents and business owners. The Injunctions were granted by the court to prevent these individuals from;

  • entering or attempting to enter any part of Ripley Town Centre
  • being in possession of an open container of alcohol in any public place within Amber Valley
  • rough sleeping anywhere in Amber Valley
  • verbal abuse/ actual violence and threat of violence

Amber Valley Borough Council’s Community Safety Manager, Sally Price, said: “Information from the Community has helped support the Council through this process and has enabled us to respond robustly to the growing concerns of the public. We are committed to working with residents and businesses to tackle these issues and urge the Community to continue to report issues to ourselves and Derbyshire Constabulary.”

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