Jail for man, 43, who breached first Criminal Behaviour Order

Mark Hiscock


A DEVIZES man who received the county’s first Criminal Behaviour Order has been sent to prison after he breached the order.

Mark Hiscock, aged 43, of Devizes, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court back in April 2015 where he pleaded guilty to two counts of being drunk and disorderly and was issued with a CBO following a string of anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

This prohibited him from being drunk or having alcohol in public, from acting in a manner that would cause harassment, alarm or distress, and from entering Sainsbury’s in Devizes. He was warned that any breaches of this order within that two year period could result in imprisonment.

This was the first successful application in Wiltshire for a CBO, which replaced anti-social behaviour orders, and was the culmination of hard work by Devizes Neighbourhood Policing Team who worked closely with the Public Protection Department of Wiltshire Council.

On Monday 31 October 2016, Hiscock appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to breaching the CBO and was given an eight week custodial sentence. He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Wiltshire East Community Co-ordinator Teresa Herbert said: “On a number of occasions since Hiscock was issued with a CBO, he has breached the conditions of the order, including incidents in which he has been found drunk in a public place and reported to have made threats to assault and alarm others.

“During the court appearance yesterday, we discussed the suitability of a custodial sentence which would enable relevant interventions for Hiscock.

“We understand that Hiscock has a number of complex needs and we have been working extremely closely with partner agencies to ensure the right support mechanisms are in place.

“Once he has completed this custodial sentence, he will be subject to a 12-month supervision order and will be recalled to prison if he continues to breach this.

“One of our priorities for the area is addressing anti-social behaviour, which includes street drinking, and I am therefore pleased with the outcome of this case. I am hopeful that Hiscock will receive the support he requires once he has completed his custodial sentence to help him reform. I am also hopeful that the Devizes community will feel reassured that the Community Policing Team takes reports of this nature seriously and is dedicated to resolving issues of anti-social behaviour alongside our partner agencies.

“We will work tirelessly to ensure individuals like Hiscock receive the support they need to enable residents to go about their business free from any issues.”

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