Man jailed for outraging public decency in Chesterfield town centre

Paul Wells. Picture: Derbyshire police.
Paul Wells. Picture: Derbyshire police.

A man has been jailed for outraging public decency in Chesterfield town centre.

A CCTV operator and a number of members of the public contacted police at around 1.20pm on Tuesday after seeing Paul Wells sitting on a bench with his trousers down near to the Portland Hotel on Beetwell Street.

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Our Stamp It Out campaign aims to raise awareness of the corrosive effects of anti-social behaviour in our communities, explore the causes and highlight what is being done to tackle the problem, urge people not to engage in the crime and call on residents to play their part by reporting it.

Officers from the Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team attended and arrested the 32-year-old for an act of outraging public decency.

Wells, of Chapel Street, Brimington, was charged and appeared at Chesterfield magistrates' court on Wednesday. He was jailed for 20 weeks.

PC Stephen O’Callaghan, of the policing team, said: "We are committed to targeting anti-social behaviour of any kind in the town centre and understand the impact it has on people who visit and work in Chesterfield. Officers will always take appropriate action against those found committing a crime or anti-social behaviour.

"If you do see any anti-social behaviour in the area, please report it to us by calling 101 so that we can take action in the short term and also work alongside other partnership agencies to find longer term solutions whenever possible."