Ipswich: Pub and club ban for man with a string of drinking offences

Dale Crane has been banned from bars and clubs in Ipswich town centre for a year.

Dale Crane has been banned from bars and clubs in Ipswich town centre for a year. - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich man with a string of drinking offences has been banned from bars and clubs in the town for a year.

Dale Crane, of Morland Road, pleaded guilty to charges of drunk and disorderly conduct and resisting arrest at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday.

Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett, said Crane, 24, had been involved in an altercation with a group of men outside Vodka Revolution at Old Cattle Market in the early hours of September 21.

“He approached with arms outstretched acting aggressively,” he said.

When PC Naomi Harger intervened, Mr Ablett said that Crane responded by ‘shouting and being generally abusive’.

“She decided to take hold of Mr Crane, he was trying to get away, there was a scuffle and he was resisting arrest,” he said.

Mr Ablett said that Crane continued shouting foul language at PC Harger, before he was further restrained and taken to the station.

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Magistrates were told it was the 14th drunk and disorderly conviction brought against Crane, the latest of which, in April, had been dealt with by a financial penalty.

They also heard an appeal from the police, calling for an antisocial behaviour order to be brought against Crane, banning him from entering licenced premises in the town between 8pm and 6am or from using foul and abusive language against police for the next two years.

Shelley Drew, for the defence, said an ASBO would be ‘draconian’ for a man arrested only three times in the past two years. She conceded that Crane was ‘no angel’ but said he was ‘trying to turn his life around’.

“He has not been getting himself in to the trouble that he has been in the past,” she said.

On the night in question, Ms Drew said that after Crane was told he’d had enough to drink, he ‘merrily left’ the bar with his uncle and headed out of town.

“It seems unfair that the police approached him and asked him to leave the town centre when he and his uncle were walking away,” she said.

Magistrates agreed that an ASBO, lasting two years, would be ‘excessive’, though they felt a 12 month ban would help him avoid the trouble he had encountered in the past.

“We are pointing at an open door,” the chairman said.

“He doesn’t seem to be anxious to get into any more trouble and we felt this might be the assistance that he needs.”

Magistrates also ordered Crane to pay a £60 victim surcharge.