Worthing Man Jailed For Breaching CBO

A 64-year-old man from Worthing has been jailed after breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order.

Gerald Burton, of no fixed address, was given the order in May after persistent offending including antisocial behaviour and being drunk in public.

He is now permitted from consuming alcohol in a public place other than licensed premises, being drunk or in a state of drunkenness in any public place in Sussex, and behaving in anyway causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person, as well as a number of other crime prevantative measures.

Burton was warned that failure to comply with these requirements could result in imprisonment.

But on 5 January, paramedics responded to a report of him having fallen over while intoxicated in Montague Street, Worthing. Burton was abusive to those trying to help him, and was subsequently arrested for being in breach of his CBO.

He was remanded in custody and the following day, he was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment.

PCSO Ann-Marie Rushworth, of the Adur and Worthing Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Police apply to magistrates for Criminal Behaviour Orders only in exceptional circumstances, where individuals present a danger or a nuisance to the public.

“These CBOs are designed not only to protect the local community from harm, but also the individuals themselves.

“Unfortunately, Burton failed to comply with the conditions with his order and will now spend several months behind bars.”

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