Man hit with Ipswich town centre ban jailed for anti-social behaviour

Michael Smith. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Michael Smith. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY - Credit: Archant

A 52-year-old Ipswich man banned from entering the town centre for three years will now spend several weeks behind bars.

Michael Smith, of no fixed address, was sentenced to four months in prison at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

He admitted being abusive towards staff and members of the public at Ipswich Hospital last Friday and store workers in Carr Street the day before.

Smith, who was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) by Ipswich magistrates in June, also pleaded guilty to breaching it by entering a restricted zone four times last week.

Sergeant Vicky McParland said: “Smith has a long history of antisocial behaviour in Ipswich which includes street drinking and which has impacted the local community.

“The purpose of a CBO is to enable us to give support to offenders, while also putting a stop to future offences being committed.

“It also acts as a way for us to provide reassurance to the public that we will deal with persistent law breakers.

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“Unfortunately, in this case, Smith continued to breach his CBO and did not engage with the support provided.

“We are hopeful that by spending time in prison he will receive the support he requires to address his issues and prevent his re-offending.”

Crown Street, St Margaret’s Street, Upper Orwell Street, Orwell Place, Tacket Street, Dogs Head Street, Falcon Street, Friars Street and Museum Street are all out of bounds to the 52-year-old under the order.

Smith was jailed for four months after admitting all four CBO breaches, as well as the two public order offences.