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Man handed 12 month community order for ASBO breach

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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A BURTON man has been handed a 12-month community order after he was found to have been in breach of an antisocial behaviour order forbidding him from entering restricted parts of the town centre.

Daniel Stringer, 24, was spotted by CCTV cameras walking along High Street on May 7. He was arrested by police who reminded him about the order.

Stringer was also given a map detailing where he was and was not allowed to go.

The court heard Stringer, who is claiming benefits, had been told to attend a jobs fair at Burton and South Derbyshire College which was running from 9am until 10.15am. It was on his way back from the fair that he met a group of friends.

Neil O’Driscoll, defending, said: “He was with five or six of his contemporaries, who asked if he wanted to go and play football in the Memorial Park.

“Unfortunately the route they took was one that cut through the town centre, when if you know the area, the one they should have taken is the one that goes by the Ferry Bridge. He was then picked up by the CCTV cameras.

“It was an unfortunate error. He was not committing an act of criminal damage or breaching public order. He was not posing a threat to anyone.”

Prior to sentencing, magistrates were told that Stringer, who has 25 previous convictions, has currently completed all unpaid work to date and has attended 22 of his required 23 appointments so far. He has also attended a thinking skills programme.

Mr O’Driscoll added: “Although he does not live in Burton, he gets up at 7am to be at the probation office for 9am. He doesn’t have a job and he likes doing unpaid work, such as picking up litter and gardening.”

Stringer was handed a 12-month community order by magistrates, and is required to complete 100 hours unpaid work.

He also has to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. His ASBO still remains in place.

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