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“Dancing Chris” banned from town centre

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A 64-year-old man, known by many as “Dancing Chris” has been banned from entering Warrington town centre following 19 reported incidents of alcohol fuelled disorder between June and November last year.

A Criminial Behaviour Order (CBO) was served on Chris Berry at Warrington Magistrates court last Friday (January 17).

Warrington Police’s Town Centre Unit prepared an application that made reference to 19 incidents of alcohol fuelled disorder within the town centre and surrounding from June 2019 through November 2019, as well as an addendum of 9 incidents from December 2019 to January 2020 that took place after he was summonsed to court for this application.

Three of thee incidents resulted in an arrest for Public Order/Drunk & Disorderly and a further two resulted in him being Reported for Summons for Public Order.

The unit had also compiled a series of statements from police officers, people who own a business/work with the town centre or people who provides services such as supported housing. Each statement recorded how Chris Berry had impacted upon their work or lives.

The court has awarded a CBO with the following conditions:

Not to Enter Warrington Town Centre (with conditions – specific routes – that allow him to attend at essential services).

Not to behave in a manner that causes anyone Harassment, Alarm or Distress anywhere within The Borough of Warrington.

These conditions have a power of arrest and last until January 2024.

A police spokesperson said: “This is an excellent result for the town centre community, and also one that allows Chris Berry to break his pattern of offending and to seek the help that he needs.”

Chris has been seen by many, dancing at roadsides for nearly two decades and is a self confessed alcoholic.

He has featured on social media numerous times over the years.

An interview with Chris can be seen in the video above by “vlogger” Chris Boyd on Youtube.

Chris Berry caught in action on a police body cam in the town centre

 

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