Police in Dartmouth have reassured the community following the arrest of a homeless man in the town at the weekend.
The man was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a public place at 10am on Sunday. The arrest was made following reports by the public.
A spokesperson for Dartmouth Police posted on Social media after being made aware of what they described as “local peoples disquiet”.
Posting to Facebook, a spokesperson stated:
“We have become aware of local peoples disquiet after the arrest of a homeless male in Dartmouth on Sunday May 10th.
“Police would like to make people aware that this particular gentleman was arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a public place at 10am and had been reported by several members of the public for shouting and swearing at passers by, spitting at people and refusing to allow people to use the bus shelter on the Ebankment due to his aggressive behaviour.
“The male in question is well known to police as a violent alcoholic who is on the final stage of the Antisocial Behaviour Escalation process as put in place by the courts. The male had left such a mess in the bus shelter, including broken bottles, that a local PCSO was cut by the broken glass so badly that she required surgery to her hand.
“Police have no issues whatsoever with people in our community who are street dwellers, but members of the public should not have to put up with drunken, abusive behaviour, and offenders will be dealt with robustly. This gentleman has been offered help from local housing associations but has refused it, and is no longer authorised to sell the Big Issue due to his aggressive behaviour”