A St Helens man has become the first person on Merseyside to be given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).
Ian Kevin Moore was issued with a two-year order under the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The 32-year-old is now banned from entering any licensed premises, including pubs, off-licenses, clubs and restaurants in the St Helens town centre.
Sgt Mark Stanisstreet, from the St Helens Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “This individual has been causing considerable problems in the town centre.
“I hope that this sends out a strong message to those individuals who are intent on blighting our communities, that we will use all the powers and tools available to us to make sure that the vast majority of our citizens can live, work and socialise in a happy and safe environment.”
The CBO was introduced this year to give police the power to deal with persistently anti-social individuals who are also engaged in criminal activity.
Breaching the order has tough criminal sanctions and can lead to a maximum sentence of five years in prison.