Criminal behaviour order given to persistant perpretator of anti-social behaviour Date published: 22nd June 2016 3.12pm

A man, described as one of the most persistent perpetrators of anti-social behaviour, which had a significant impact on residents and retailers in Chester city centre, has been handed a criminal behaviour order for five years.

Darren Yardley, 34, had the order imposed on him by the courts following a string of incidents – including public injecting of drugs, discarding drugs paraphernalia including blood stained needles, using public toilets to take drugs, as well as defecating and urinating outside shops in open public places and doorways.

The order prevents him from begging and from entering any car parks for the purpose of sleeping and drinking alcohol or using drugs. It also excludes him from certain areas of the city, and entering any public toilets to use drugs.

Yardley, who was homeless, was repeatedly offered help from support agencies but declined each time, continuing to sleep rough and beg on the streets.

PC Charlotte Lloyd, from Chester’s Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, said:

“We have all worked hard to try and support Darren Yardley but he simply will not engage with any services and access accommodation.

“There is no need for him to sleep rough and his behaviour in publically defecating on the streets of Chester is unacceptable to anyone.

“It is also unacceptable to inject yourself publically with drugs and then leave the remnants behind, causing risk to other people.”

Community safety warden Sam Chapman, of Chester Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, said: “We will continue to target people who behave in this way in Chester.

“In relation to people begging, I would urge people not to give money to beggars, as the proceeds of begging will sometimes be spent on drugs. Instead, I would advise donating to charities where the money will be used to provide the support and help they need."