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Man jailed after breaching CRASBO

Worcester Editorial 10th Feb, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A HOMELESS man who breached a Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order which banned him from parts of Worcester three times in less than a week has been jailed.

Peter Swinbourne was given a five year CRASBO in April 2010 which prevented him from entering Pershore town centre but magistrates extended the ban to some of Worcester city centre last month.

The new ban, which included Lowesmoor, Shrub Hill retail park, St Martin’s Quarter, The Cross and part of the High Street, came into effect upon Swinbourne’s release from prison on January 29.

But in the early hours of Saturday, February 1, the 41-year-old approached police officers in St Nicholas Street and told them he needed to be arrested for breaching his CRASBO. He appeared before the city’s magistrates later that day and was fined after admitting the offence.

That 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.

Finally last 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 the following day (Friday), 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 CRASBO 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.

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