Man given ASBO ban from Dalston's Gillett Square

Prescod- Asbo

A man who assaulted community safety wardens and caused misery for residents and businesses in Dalston, has been given an ASBO, banning him from the area for five years.

Carl Prescod, 49, of Stoke Newington, was well known to the Police and the Council, who received regular complaints about his anti-social behaviour in and around Gillett Square.

He was frequently drunk, abusive and violent towards passers by, and harassed those who live and work in the area. Prescod also assaulted and spat at two Hackney Council community safety wardens, who were responding to complaints over the summer.

The Police and the Council applied to the courts for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order, which was granted at a sentence hearing last month. The conditions of the order are that he:

  • Must not enter the area bounded by Kingsland High Street, John Campbell Road, Boleyn Road, Bradbury Road and Gillett Square.
  • Must not be in possession of any open container of alcohol, unless in a public house, in the E8 and N16 postcode areas.
Mr Prescod was well known. We have spent a lot of time trying to help him without success. We were left with few other options but to secure this ASBO, as his behaviour was causing a real concern to everyone in and around Gillett Square. The safety of our residents is our number one concern. We hope this will reassure those who felt intimidated or threatened by Mr Prescod. We also hope that this order will prompt him to accept the help being offered to him.
Cllr Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor, Hackney Council

Sgt James Reynolds, of Dalston Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “Prescod has consistently shown no respect for the for the local community by his abusive and volatile behaviour. His presence blighted the area and led to many complaints of drink related violence. I am very glad that the courts recognised this also and saw fit to issue the ASBO. This sends a clear message that by working with the community, Hackney Council and others, we are determined that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated and dealt with robustly.