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Persistent anti-social behaviour lands Eastbourne man in jail

News   •   Aug 28, 2019 11:38 BST

A man who has persistently indulged in anti-social behaviour in Eastbourne has been jailed.

Michael Edward Jones had previously been issued with an ASB injunction to try to curb his aggressive attitude towards members of the public, businesses and police officers in the town.

On Thursday (22 August) Jones, 48, unemployed and of no fixed address, was found guilty of three separate breaches of the injunction and sentenced to 18 weeks' imprisonment.

Jones failed to attend the hearing, before Hastings magistrates, but police officers quickly located him in Eastbourne town centre and he was arrested.

Jones's actions towards police have included verbal abuse, spitting and physical violence, almost always when drunk. Others in Eastbourne have also been subjected to his anti-social behaviour.

The injunction carried various conditions to combat this, and when breached officers were determined to act.

Inspector Rachel Barrow said: "It shows that Sussex Police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour. Eastbourne should be a safe place for people to live in, work in and visit, and we will not hesitate to take action against persistent offenders.

"In this case, Mr Jones chose to disregard the orders placed on him by the court and rejected all offers of help. His behaviour continued in such places as Terminus Road and Eastbourne Job Centre Plus in full view of families and children.

"That is not acceptable and jailing him sends the right message that we want our community to be a safe place."