Adrian Charles Norman, 56 of Woodland Avenue, appeared at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Thursday January 16 where he was found guilty of making a threatening and abusive sign which was likely to cause alarm and distress at a Remembrance day event in November 2019.
A member of the public captured a photograph of Norman making the offensive salute and a report was made to North Yorkshire Police, who investigated the incident and charged him with a public order offence.
The two-year criminal behaviour order prevents Norman from consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol unless on licensed premises within Scarborough.
He has also been ordered not to enter a defined area of Scarborough (see map). If he breaches the order, he can be arrested and put back in front of the court.
Alongside being handed the order, he was fined £250 and told to pay a victim surcharge of £32.
Speaking about the order, Neighbourhood Beat Manager, Police Constable Lyth said: “This is a positive outcome for the residents, businesses and visitors to the town of Scarborough. Norman carried out an extremely offensive gesture, which upset many people and the courts have recognised his actions as completely unacceptable.
“I hope this sends a clear message that police will not tolerate criminal or anti-social behaviour in our town and we will pursue all possible prevention measures to combat this.
“North Yorkshire Police is committed to working together with Scarborough Borough Council in the Community Impact Team and alongside our partner agencies, to improve the quality of life for our residents and businesses.”