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Jail for breaching Worcester CRASBO three times this week
1:50pm Friday 7th February 2014 in News
A STREET drinker who was banned from entering Worcester city centre has been jailed after he ignored the order three times in less than a week.
Peter Swinbourne was given a Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order lasting until April next year which banned him from entering Pershore town centre in 2010.
But on Tuesday, January 21, this year it was varied to include Lowesmoor, Shrub Hill retail park, St Martin's Quarter, The Cross and part of the High Street and came into effect upon Swinbourne’s release from prison on Wednesday, January 29, where he had been serving time for breaching his order.
Despite the extension to the order the 41-year-old who is of no fixed address approached officers in St Nicholas Street in the early hours of Saturday morning, February 1, and told them he needed to be arrested for breaching the order.
He appeared before the city’s magistrates later that day and was fined after admitting the offence.
That same afternoon he was caught in Foregate Street, and was back before the magistrates on Monday, February 3, again receiving a fine after admitting the offence.
But yesterday (Thursday, February 6) police found him drunk and refusing to leave the Job Centre in Sansome Street.
He was jailed for a month by the court today (Friday, February 7), after admitting a further breach.
Jenny Willems, community harm co-ordinator at West Mercia Police, said: "It is very unfortunate that despite our best efforts, Swinbourne has breached his CRASBO three times in less than a week.
"It had been hoped that banning him from parts of Worcester city centre would prompt him to turn his life around. He has been offered multi agency help, but his first step is to abide by the conditions of his CRASBO.
"Given that dealing with Swinbourne’s frequent breaches is time-consuming and expensive for the police and the courts, the prison sentence gives both us as well as members of the public some respite from him."
Swinbourne’s Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order also prevents him from behaving in any way, or encouraging others to behave in any way that causes or is likely to cause any person harassment, alarm or distress, including using foul, abusive, offensive or racist language or gestures, or using aggressive, threatening or intimidating behaviour.