Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Arrested More Than 100 Times - Now Menace Is Banned

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Arrested More Than 100 Times - Now Menace Is Banned

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk

A SERIAL menace, described as a "one-man crimewave" has been banned from the streets he terrorised.

Mark Smith has made life a misery for the people around him.

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The 38-year-old has a long crime career, which includes offences of burglary, driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods and violent disorder.

The dad has been arrested more than 100 times and has a police incident and arrest log covering 23 pages.

But now after receiving s a series of complaints about Smith, officials from North Tyneside Council have successfully obtained an Anti Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) against him.

Under the terms of the order, Smith is banned from setting foot in large parts of his hometown of North Shields.

He is also forbidden from acting in an antisocial manner anywhere in North Tyneside.

And if Smith, of Wooler Avenue, breaches the injunction, he could end up behind bars.

In granting the 18-month ASBI at North Shields County Court, Judge Peter Bullock said: "He's a one-man crimewave.

He's got 23 pages of police records. This man needs containing."

Smith has made life a misery for the people around him for years.

Last December the Chronicle reported how armed police were called to Wooler Avenue after the yob caused a worrying disturbance in the street. Police and an ambulance arrived at the flat in the morning and cordoned off around 200 metres of Wooler Avenue.

But after a tense one-hour stand-off, Smith emerged from his home with his hands about his head and was arrested.

And neighbours told how since Smith moved on to the street, police were called to his flat several times a week, sometimes more than once a day.

In a bid to curb Smith's behaviour, North Tyneside Council applied for the ASBI, which was granted last week.

It will remain in force until 4pm on June 5, 2015, and comes with power of arrest meaning police can hold Smith if he's found breaking some of the terms.

Judge Bullock told Smith: "These orders have got real teeth. If you breach these orders it is either custody or not. …

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