Thomas Mumby, a 28-year old musician in Retford, has been issued with a ‘community protection notice’ prohibiting him from busking in Retford town centre.
A ‘community protection notice’ can be issued if a person’s behaviour is judged to have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the ‘quality of life’ of an area (the notice can be issued by council or police officers, and creates a criminal offence).
Mr Munby is continuing to busk, however, as this is his livelihood. This means a real risk that he will be taken to court.
See a video here of his encounter with the police ; there is a debate on the case on Facebook here.
The Manifesto Club is supporting his efforts to overturn the notice, and to challenge any court case.