Police refuse to release photo of jailed man over his appearance (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Police refuse to release photo of jailed man over his appearance
Essex Police are refusing to release a photograph of a 'neighbour from hell' who has terrorised a street for years because “his appearance may have changed”.
David Bickers, 64, has repeatedly breached three seperate anti-social behaviour orders (ASBO) issued for drunkenly playing loud music, intimidating neighbours in Clifton Road, Loughton, and walking around exposing his genitals.
Photographs are usually released in ASBO cases to help the public report any breach.
Essex Police previously broke with protocol by refusing to release a photograph of Bickers, claiming an outstanding criminal case against him must be completed first.
This week he was jailed for 26 weeks for breaching the terms of his ASBO.
But Essex Police spokesman Nishan Wijeratne still refused to release the photograph.
Explaining his decision, he said: “I am not willing to release the photo as it is four years old and his appearance may have changed since then. People’s appearance can change significantly in four years."
Mr Wijeratne did not explain how Bickers’ appearance had changed.
Epping Forest District Council has sought four ASBOs in 2013, more than in any other year since their introduction.
The Safer Communities Team has also issued 15 warning letters and three Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, which are an early intervention before the need for an ASBO.
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