Man fined for failing to leave Wisbech town centre when ordered by police

A MAN was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling �155 today for returning to Wisbech town centre after being ordered to leave by police.

Igors Ribacenoks, 29, of Rowan Close, Wisbech, was drinking alcohol in the town’s Tillery Park, on the afternoon of August 6.

King’s Lynn magistrates heard a Russian-speaking PCSO approached him after he was heard arguing and swearing.

Alison Cotterill, prosecuting, said: “It’s an area where there are many reports of street drinkers, people leaving rubbish behind, urinating and other anti-social behaviour.”

Miss Cotterill added the park was surrounded by housing and covered by a dispersal area.

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“At about five past three, the PCSO saw three males and one female at the far end of the park drinking alcohol and being rowdy. He was arguing and swearing in Russian.

“The officer got closer and saw that the defendant had a large one and half litre bottle of Lambrini wine, half full and he was drinking from the bottle.”

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When ordered to hand over the bottle by the PCSO, Ribacenoks refused, the court heard. He threw it in a bin and told the officer: “You can’t stop me drinking where I want. I’ll go to the shop and buy some more Lambrini.”

Miss Cottrill said the PCSO called an officer, who issued a notice to Ribacenoks to leave the area for 48 hours, with a map. But two hours later, he saw him the same area.

When challenged, Ribacenoks said he did not care whether he could be arrested.

Ribacenoks was not represented in court. Speaking through an interpreter, he admitted failing to comply with the directions of a police officer and said he had nothing else to add.

He was fined �55, ordered to pay �85 costs and a �15 victim surcharge.

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