Woman banned from Hatfield town centre for two years

PUBLISHED: 10:35 01 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:55 01 March 2018

Hatfield town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Hatfield town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A 22-year-old has been banned from Hatfield town centre and the Galleria in Hatfield for two years.

Whitney Donoghue appeared in St Albans Magistrates’ Court on February 19 after Herts Police applied for a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) following on from her conviction for possession of heroin on February 24 last year.

Donoghue, of no fixed abode, is banned from going into Parkhouse Court or Clarkson Court, Hatfield.

She is not to enter Hatfield town centre, The Galleria or Birchwood.

A police spokesman said: “Police applied for the CBO due to the volume of her criminality in the area as well as the large number of calls from members of the public, including residents and shop owners, complaining of Donoghue’s antisocial behaviour.

“Donoghue was causing numerous issues on a day-to-day basis showing little regard for the residents of Hatfield.”

CBOs were introduced in October 2014 and they replace Antisocial Behaviour Orders (ASBOs).

The CBO is available on conviction for any criminal offence in any criminal court.

The order is aimed at tackling the most serious and persistent offenders where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.

The Crown Prosecution Service also states: “CBOs include prohibitions to stop the antisocial behaviour, and may also include requirements to address the underlying causes of the offender’s behaviour.

“The court may make a CBO against an offender only on the application of the prosecution. For a CBO to be made:

“The court must be satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that the offender has engaged in behaviour that caused, or was likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person; and

“That the court considers making the order will help in preventing the offender from engaging in such behaviour.”

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