Police warn public of man who threatened to shoot dog in Lydbrook

By Carmelo Garcia in Local People

POLICE are warning walkers along the River Wye near Lydbrook to be aware of a man who threatened to shot a dog.

A civil injunction order was imposed on Joseph Butcher, 45 and of Coleford, at Gloucester County Court last week after evidence was gathered that he was making threats and being intimidating towards members of the public who were walking their dogs.

Butcher could be arrested if he uses or threatens to use violence against any person, shouts, swears, uses abusive language or makes rude or insulting gestures to any person within Lydbrook.

He is also forbidden from engaging in conduct which causes or is capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person within Lydbrook.

Police in the Forest of Dean applied for the injunction and it was granted on Monday 26 June.

The order will remain in place for a year and any breach could result in a prison sentence.

Forest of Dean PC Leanne Sterry said: "A number of incidents were reported to police by dog walkers over a long period of time and I am aware that the behaviour of Butcher has had an effect on many people.

"Behaviour of this type is unacceptable and anti-social.

"I hope that this order being in place will give the public the confidence to walk in the area and to report any incidents to police."

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