Drunk man jailed for order breach
A MAN found drunk outside a Felixstowe pub has been jailed for eight months because he was in breach of an anti-social behaviour order.Mark Anthony Lewis, 30, of Dinsdale Court, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court for two breaches of the ASBO and pleaded guilty to both.
A MAN found drunk outside a Felixstowe pub has been jailed for eight months because he was in breach of an anti-social behaviour order.
Mark Anthony Lewis, 30, of Dinsdale Court, Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, appeared before Ipswich Crown Court for two breaches of the ASBO and pleaded guilty to both.
Judge Goodin described Lewis as "heavily convicted" in the past – he had 38 previous convictions for various offences – and sentenced him to eight months concurrent for each breach.
Prosecutor Peter Gair said Lewis had been found on August 16 lying face down on the pavement near to the Feathers public house in Walton High street, Felixstowe.
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He smelled strongly of intoxicating liquor and when police checked they found he was still under an ASBO prohibiting him from being drunk in a public place.
Chief prosecutor for Suffolk, Chris Yule said: "I hope that this case illustrates that when Anti Social Orders are breached the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Suffolk will prosecute these breaches to the full extent of the law."
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Felixstowe police have warned persistent offenders and troublemakers that they will seek ASBOs through the courts.
They are currently concentrating on youngsters intimidating residents and visitors to Felixstowe seafront.
One 17-year-old has already found out that his behaviour will not be tolerated.
South East Magistrates Court issued him with an ASBO on September 7, banning him from entering amusement premises in the area for the next two years.
Breaches of the orders can lead to a criminal offence which carries a 24 months detention for a juvenile or five years for an adult.