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Boozy flashing beggar given ASBO

Published Thursday, 19 December 2013

An aggressive alcoholic beggar who flashed at mums and tots was given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order by the Metropolitan Police and Enfield Council.

Man given ASBO

Michael Hackett, 59, of Ingersoll Road, Enfield, was seen upsetting some members of the public on the Hertford Road in Enfield before being offered countless rehabilitation treatments for his alcohol addiction by Enfield Council.

He was also racially abusive and threatening to members of the public and was seen urinating and exposing himself to mothers with their children in the forecourt of the Tesco Express car park on the Hertford Road.

He refused all offers of support to help with his addiction. Enfield Council had no option and the Metropolitan Police applied to Tottenham Magistrates Court who granted the man an ASBO on 30 October 2013.

The terms of his ASBO states that Hackett is banned from begging, harassing members of the public, flashing, spitting, throwing objects or behaving in a threatening manner in any public place, or enter the forecourt of Tesco or the surrounding area for five years. If he breaches the terms of the ASBO he faces up to five years in jail.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: “This man was relatively nice to people who gave him money but anyone who sensibly gave him a wide berth were abused and threatened and treated to the sight of this disgusting behaviour.

“We’re absolutely committed to dealing with anti-social behaviour in Enfield and I sincerely hope this ASBO encourages this man to seek treatment for his alcohol problems and to stop behaving in a drunken manner.  I hope as a result of this, he makes a concerted effort to act like a responsible member of society.”

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