‘Public nuisance’ jailed after blighting town centre
A man who repeatedly exposed himself, harassed young women and appeared drunk in public has been jailed.
Valerian Ciornei, aged 53, has also been made the subject of a restrictive court order which bans him from doing a series of things in Mansfield town centre.
Ciornei, who has been arrested multiple times over the last two years, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (17 November) where he was jailed for 42 weeks.
The sentence related to four charges including an incident on 12 August this year when he was seen performing a sexual act in public.
On other occasions he made lewd and threatening comments to a woman at Mansfield bus station, stole a pair of jeans, carried a knife in public and threatened to kill a shopworker after being asked to leave.
In addition to the jail sentence, officers from the Mansfield Neighbourhood Policing Team successfully argued for the imposition of a Community Behaviour Order covering Mansfield town centre.
The order, which will remain in place for the next two years, bans Ciornei from drinking alcohol in public, engaging with any females under 18-years-old, and causing harassment, alarm or distress to any member of the public.
The order was granted after a detailed submission from the Mansfield Neighbourhood policing team, detailing more than 18 months of complaints about Ciornei’s behaviour – including multiple incidents of exposure, theft and harassment.
Any breaches of the order could lead to an immediate return to prison.
Sergeant Alice Bartle, who leads the Mansfield town centre policing team, said: “This man has been a public nuisance for a long time and has caused considerable alarm and distress to many different people.
“This appalling behaviour is just the kind of thing that puts people off visiting the town centre and as a result causes harm to everyone who lives and works in the town.
“We are working hard every day to make our town a better place to live and work in and we simply won’t tolerate those who blight the area with persistent antisocial and criminal behaviour.
“Working with our partners at the district council and elsewhere, we won’t stop at simply arresting and charging people who routinely behave in this way; we will also think creatively to put in place further legal restrictions – making it simpler and quicker for us to put them back behind bars if they choose to step out of line again.”
Inspector Kylie Davies, district commander for Mansfield, said: “A huge amount of work has gone into securing this order and I would like to thank every member of the town centre team who helped to secure the necessary evidence to bring it about. The job of the police is to protect the public from harm, and that is exactly what these officers have done by securing this order.”