A FAMILY who have tormented neighbours and town centre workers for seven years have been slapped with a five-year ASBO.
May Austin, 51, her son Michael Austin, 23, and her partner Stephen Beaumont, 48, all of Sutton Way, Ellesmere Port, have been banned from the Port Arcades, the market and the town centre bus station.
Their anti-social behaviour has included drinking alcohol, shouting abuse and being violent in public, begging and falling asleep on the floor drunk.
The trio have previously been banned from stores because of their anti-social behaviour but they continued to disrupt staff and customers.
Police officers, PCSOs and anti-social behaviour wardens have repeatedly confiscated their alcohol and moved them out of the area.
They have plagued neighbours with excessive noise and emergency services have had to be called to the house countless times.
The three ASBOs were granted by Chester Magistrates on March 19.
PC Amy Beaumont, of the anti-social behaviour unit, said: “We hope to send a clear message to a small minority of people who cause these problems and show that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated within Ellesmere Port.
“The Austins and Beaumont have caused misery for shoppers and retailers within the town centre who have to witness their drunken behaviour.
“I would like to make it clear that if any other individuals cause anti-social behaviour within the town centre by drinking in public then further action will be taken and this may well result in more ASBOs.
“We and our partners will continue to monitor the situation and do everything possible to make shopping, working and living in Ellesmere Port town centre an enjoyable experience, without fear of disorder and intimidation.”