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Workington man successfully prosecuted for threatening Council staff

1 September 2015

A Workington man has been successfully prosecuted for threatening and abusing Allerdale Borough Council staff.

Brian Leslie Jarvis, of Wastwater Avenue, received a £150 fine and was ordered to pay a £20 surcharge and £85 costs after pleading guilty at West Allerdale Magistrates Court. He had been charged with using threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Mr Jarvis threatened two of the Council’s Streetscene officers on March 20 this year after one of them spotted him failing to clean up after his dog. The Council officer had tried to issue him with a Fixed Penalty Notice but Mr Jarvis refused to give his details.

The officer called for help from a colleague, and both Council officers feared he was about to hit them so called 999 to ask the police for assistance. Mr Jarvis continued shouting, swearing and spitting at the officers, and leaning over them as he pointed his finger in their faces.

Mr Jarvis’s aggressive behaviour continued after police officers arrived. He lunged at one off the Streetscene officers and shouted: “I’ll find out where you live.” He was arrested and later charged.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive member for locality services, said: “It is not acceptable for our Streetscene officers, who are simply trying to tackle the disgusting crime of dog fouling, to be subjected to abuse and threats of this kind. We will not tolerate verbal or physical attacks on our staff and we will work with the police to prosecute those who try to intimidate, scare or harass them.

“The same goes for dog fouling. It is against the law not to pick up after your pet and this council takes the issue extremely seriously. We will not hesitate to issue fixed penalty notices and, if the offenders don’t pay, we will take them to court where the fines can be so much higher.

“Our message is clear – do the right thing. Treat our staff with respect and follow the law when it comes to environmental crime. If you don’t, we will go out of our way to prosecute as many cases as we can.”



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