Flintshire town centre ban for a ‘drunken nuisance’

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A MAN branded a drunken nuisance has been banned from a town centre.

A Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) was imposed on father of three Jamie Lovelock, 33, which means he is banned from the Daniel Owen Shopping Centre in Mold and surrounding areas of New Street, High Street and Earl Road.

The order was sought by police after complaints about Lovelock’s behaviour towards passers-by.

Lovelock, who admitted two shoplifting offences, was jailed for five months.

Under the two-year CRASBO Lovelock, of East View, Bryn Lane, New Brighton, near Mold, is banned from being drunk in a public place in Flintshire or drinking alcohol in a public place in the county.

He is also not to enter a large part of Mold town centre and he has been given a map showing the exclusion zone to avoid any confusion.

District Judge Andrew Shaw, sitting at Wrexham magistrates’ court in Mold, said the CRASBO was necessary. Lovelock, he said, had a criminal history going back 14 years and was frequently in court.

A statement from a local police community beat officer showed Lovelock was a nuisance, especially in Mold town centre, and it was clear he would not stop drinking voluntarily. He had been jailed for eight months earlier this year for robbery but when he came out he committed further offences.

He would not comply with community orders and had not taken the chances he had been given previously.

Lovelock admitted stealing a jacket from Darby House in the Daniel Owen Precinct in June and eight cans of lager from the Co-op in Buckley on September 18.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Lovelock caused considerable problems. He would approach people in the street and when drunk became aggressive.

Children had been upset by his behaviour and complaints had been received from parents.

Probation officer Edwin Evans said alcohol misuse was a significant problem for Lovelock who claimed to drink seven litres of cider every day. He also admitted to using heroin three times a week.

Lovelock admitted his life “was in a mess”.

Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said police already had sufficient powers to deal with the problem.

Drunks did congregate in the Daniel Owen Centre which caused problems, but Mr Lloyd Jones said police had started to implement a power they always had to stop
people drinking in that area. They could also confiscate alcohol.

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