Residents and staff speak out over "abusive and violent" street drinker

Arunos Gincauskas

Arunos Gincauskas

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A three-year ASBO handed to a violent street drinker who police claim brought “misery” to the people of Waltham Forest has been welcomed by residents and park wardens.

Arunos Gincauskas, 32, of no fixed abode, was last week banned from entering Coronation Gardens in High Road, Leyton, after admitting disorderly conduct.

According to police, he urinated on flowers in full view of a mother and her two young children on January 19.

Gincauskas is then said to have become abusive towards council staff who approached him and attempted to make him stop.

He now faces prison if he breaks the terms of the ASBO.

Park keepers Tunde Akanwo said he hopes the order will help efforts by him and colleagues to deal with problem visitors.

He said: “There isn’t a lot we can do about it so I think it’s good that he has been given a three year ASBO. People like that often get aggressive as well when you confront them.

“It isn’t very nice for anyone when you see people acting like that.

“I saw him yesterday morning outside the park but he didn’t come in.”

His colleague Orrett Brown said: “It is a good thing that he can’t come in anymore, there are a lot of people that come in and behave like that, so hopefully this will put them off.”

Lyn Franklin, 64, of Goldsmith Road, Leyton, uses the gardens to walk her dog.

She said: “People use the garden as a toilet and a drinking hole every day – it’s horrible to see. I am glad they are making an example.”

Paul Ryan, 74, of Windsor Road, Leyton, does not believe the order will make a difference.

He said: “I have never seen him in the garden but I have seen others being drunk, sometimes around 14 or 15 of them.

“It’s good that they have given him an ASBO but there are so many others, I think it’s always going to be a problem.”

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2:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

I feel so sorry for Arunos, he has travelled all this way and he can't even get lashed, swear or pee in front of the kids!

What ever happened to Liberal Britain!?
I feel so sorry for Arunos, he has travelled all this way and he can't even get lashed, swear or pee in front of the kids! What ever happened to Liberal Britain!? G_Whiz
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5:55pm Wed 12 Feb 14

myopinioncounts says...

Don't courts have to reveal the nationality of offenders? Perhaps this pillar of the community does have British citizenship but if he does not, has no fixed abode or job and requires an ASBO why can't we get rid of him?
Don't courts have to reveal the nationality of offenders? Perhaps this pillar of the community does have British citizenship but if he does not, has no fixed abode or job and requires an ASBO why can't we get rid of him? myopinioncounts
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6:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

stickmanny says...

Isn't it funny how minor crimes by people with English sounding names never get reported by WFBC?
Isn't it funny how minor crimes by people with English sounding names never get reported by WFBC? stickmanny
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6:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mdj says...

'Isn't it funny how minor crimes by people with English sounding names never get reported by WFBC?'

It's certainly noticeable that the penalties issued so far for spitting have been targeted at people with a limited command of English for an offence which, however anti-social, is not an offence elsewhere yet, and has no notices to bring it to public attention. They were not legally represented, so far as we know.
I don't see how an ASBO will help solve this man's obvious problems, even if it makes one place less insecure.
Only a few days ago someone died a lonely death in a derelict (Council) building not far from this park. We don't want more.
'Isn't it funny how minor crimes by people with English sounding names never get reported by WFBC?' It's certainly noticeable that the penalties issued so far for spitting have been targeted at people with a limited command of English for an offence which, however anti-social, is not an offence elsewhere yet, and has no notices to bring it to public attention. They were not legally represented, so far as we know. I don't see how an ASBO will help solve this man's obvious problems, even if it makes one place less insecure. Only a few days ago someone died a lonely death in a derelict (Council) building not far from this park. We don't want more. mdj
  • Score: 4

7:39pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SteveW1000 says...

Would have hoped that this would include other parks in this part of Waltham Forest. Sidmouth Park use to have problems with drug abuse and is just across Leyton High Rd and St Marys Churchyard already has problems with street drinkers and is about 10 minutes away. Two weeks ago I had to call the police to three drinkers who urinated in sight of the public footpath at St Marys.
Would have hoped that this would include other parks in this part of Waltham Forest. Sidmouth Park use to have problems with drug abuse and is just across Leyton High Rd and St Marys Churchyard already has problems with street drinkers and is about 10 minutes away. Two weeks ago I had to call the police to three drinkers who urinated in sight of the public footpath at St Marys. SteveW1000
  • Score: 2

11:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Target the unscrupulous Licensees who serve drunks booze, against the terms of their licence.
Target the unscrupulous Licensees who serve drunks booze, against the terms of their licence. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Fri 14 Feb 14

tjm01 says...

Why do we have to put up with scumbags like this
Why do we have to put up with scumbags like this tjm01
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5:55pm Fri 14 Feb 14

I'm Alan says...

I've had a perfectly fair comment removed from this Socialist rag website. Be careful what you put people as the staff at the Guardian might not agree with you and remove it. ..PS, Disgusting...
I've had a perfectly fair comment removed from this Socialist rag website. Be careful what you put people as the staff at the Guardian might not agree with you and remove it. ..PS, Disgusting... I'm Alan
  • Score: 2

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