Men urinated on a food shop window and a graveyard wall in York

York Magistrates' Court. Photograph: YorkMix
21 Mar 2019 @ 8.25 pm
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York magistrates have sentenced five men £1,657 for urinating in public.

It follows a joint operation between City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police to tackle anti-social behaviour.

On Tuesday 12 March, magistrates heard that Andrew Cannon (aged 36 of High Street Hook, Goole) was found by a police officer in the early evening, urinating in an alley leading to Yates Wine Lodge on Saturday 15 December 2018.


Mr Cannon pleaded guilty by post and was fined £166, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Shear Israr (aged 21 of Kirkstone Drive, York) was sentenced after he was discovered urinating against waste bins on Coney Street at 4am by a police officer on Friday 23 November 2018.

Mr Israr, who apologised for his actions during the incident, pleaded guilty by post and was fined £40, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30. He submitted a statement of means to the court and mitigating circumstances.

Alley off Coney Street

Gary Hill (aged 26 of Cartmell Terrace, Darlington) was found by a police officer urinating against St Helen’s Church graveyard wall on Davygate, on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at 5.10pm.

Mr Hill failed to attend court and was found guilty in his absence. He was fined £220, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution charge of £30.

Gregory Pringle (aged 27 of Lynwood Road, London) was discovered by a police officer urinating in an alley off Coney Street, York, on Friday 28 December 2018 at 6pm.

Subway on Clifford Street. Photograph © Google Street View

Mr Pringle, who expressed embarrassment for his actions during the incident, pleaded guilty by post and was fined £258, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

Jordan Nurse (aged 26 of Cliveden Avenue, Bradford) was seen by a police officer urinating against the window of Subway on Clifford Street on Saturday 1 December 2018 at 7.58pm.

Mr Nurse pleaded guilty by post to urinating in public and was fined £130, ordered to pay costs of £144 and a prosecution surcharge of £30.

A City of York Council spokesperson said:

  • We are grateful to our partners North Yorkshire Police and the court for supporting our enforcement action.

    Four of these cases took place in the early evening when families could be around the town. There’s no excuse: all licensed premises in the city must offer toilets for customers and they should be used.

    Urinating in public is indecent and unhygienic; it also puts more pressure on the city centre cleaning services with additional cost to the council.