AN ABINGDON man has been given a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) for persistent anti-social behaviour.

Philip Knowles, 54, of Sherwood Avenue, received the punishment for acts including shouting and swearing at members of the public, and threatening to assault members of the public and carrying offensive weapons in order to do so.

He was also given the order for regularly drinking and being drunk in a public place and being aggressive, intimidating and causing anti-social behaviour.

Knowles received the order at Oxford Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, February 6, and it will remain in place until February 7, 2024.

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During this time, Knowles must not cause any member of the public harassment, alarm, or distress, have an open container of alcohol in a public place, or be drunk and disorderly in a public place.

He must also complete 20 days of rehabilitation by February 5, 2020.

Breaching the CBO could see him fined or jailed.

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PC Laura Potter, of the Problem Solving Team based at Abingdon police station, said: “This CBO was sought as a result of Philip Knowles persistently acting in an anti-social manner.

“Breaching any of the conditions of the CBO could result in a fine or imprisonment.

“I hope this order is seen as a warning to others and shows that we do not tolerate this kind of behaviour.”