A man has been banned from the Railway Village after months of carrying out threatening and anti-social behaviour.

Following a hearing on November 19, William O’Driscoll has been issued with a court injunction which stops him from entering any Swindon Borough Council property.

The application was made by the council and the South-Central Neighbourhood Policing Team following disturbances and incidents involving the 40-year-old.

O’Driscoll received an interim order on November 5, which he almost immediately breached.

The injunction issued on November 20 prohibits him from behaving in a manner which has caused or is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to any person in the borough; using or threatening violence against any person while in the borough, entering any residential property owned or managed by the council; and entering or remaining in the Railway Village.

The court issued a power of arrest to this injunction if he is found to have breached any of the above clauses. It will also activate a suspended sentence of 40 weeks.

The injunction is valid for two years.  

PC Nick Finning, neighbourhood police officer for Broadgreen and The Railway Village, said: “This order will hopefully bring some relief to those in the Railway Village and elsewhere who have suffered the behaviour Mr O’Driscoll over a number of months.

“We will always act when we can on reports made to us of anti-social behaviour and it’s through the diligence of the local community that we have been able to gather the evidence we require.

“A special thanks also goes to our local ASB lead PC Michael Diffin MBE who was a keen driving force in working with the council on this injunction.

"We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and encourage a dialogue with our communities to tackle such incidents.”

Coun Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing and public safety said: “The Council, led through the work of our Community Safety Team and working with Wiltshire Police, takes incidents of anti-social behaviour very seriously.

“This is a concerning and persistent case and in these circumstances we will not shy away from taking the toughest possible enforcement action for the benefit of neighbours and the local community.”