Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pubs and Shops out of Bounds to a Thug

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pubs and Shops out of Bounds to a Thug

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Byline: By Peter Taylor

A serial yob with a record of violence, theft and drink-fuelled dis- order has been banned from pubs and shops in a town centre.

Martin Hickson, 20, of Delaval Crescent, Blyth, had a record of 24 incidents including scarring a customer in a pub with a glass and racially abusing a shopkeeper.

He's been arrested more than 14 times and has had 18 previous conviction since 1995.

But his days of causing fear in the community and to staff are over after he received an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) from South East Northumberland magistrates.

Posters are now being put up around Blyth with Hickson's photograph to enforce the order.

The county council's crime reduction and legal sections, Blyth Valley Housing and Northumbria Police combined forces to apply for the Asbo.

He is also banned from pubs and shops in Blyth, including the Willow House in Plessey Road, The Boathouse Tavern in Bridge Street, The Newsham Hotel in Carr Street, Bariana's Shop in Salisbury Street, Verma's Stores in Durban Street, the Co-op in Newcastle Road and Safeway in Regent Street.

Coun John Smith, the county council's executive member for community governance, said: "This young man has a disgraceful record and wrongly thought his behaviour had no limits.

"This Asbo will mean he can be jailed by a court if he breaches its terms."

Ian Johnson, manager of Blyth Valley Housing's anti-social behaviour unit, said: "We've been working for some time with the police and the county council to address Hickson's behaviour and we're delighted with the outcome. This order should provide relief to the Blyth residents and send a strong warning out to others that we will use all available powers to tackle anti-social behaviour."

Hickson is now banned from:

NPossessing drugs or being under the influence of drink or drugs in a public place. …

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