Drink-ban yob fined

MAGISTRATES have warned a drink- ban yob to stay out of the area from which he is banned.

Leon Robinson was out drinking in the Princess Helena pub, in Whitby Street, Hartlepool – a street from which he is banned from entering after being made subject to a drink banning order.

Police received a tip-off that the 22-year-old was inside the pub drinking with friends, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.

But when officers turned up they saw jobless Robinson running from the pub and into nearby Surtees Street.

Prosecuting, Lilian Atkinson, said: “It was the early hours of February 12 when police were told that this defendant was drinking in the Princess Helena pub. Officers went to the scene and saw the defendant run from the front entrance door way onto Surtees Street.

“He was arrested and admitted he was subject to a drink-banning order and knew that he was excluded from public houses.”

Robinson, of Caithness Road, Rossmere, Hartlepool, was brought before justices in custody and pleaded guilty to breaching the order which was imposed on May 20 last year.

Mitigating, Neil Taylor, said: “For the life of me I can’t understand why this man appears before you in custody. However, he went to the pub for a private party and wasn’t causing any trouble. The only reason he ran was because he knew police were going to arrest him.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Maureen Davison told him: “Regardless of what’s been said you were in breach of your order. You went where you shouldn’t have been and you knew you shouldn’t have been there.

“If you continue to breach the order then you’re going to be brought back here again. We’ve taken into account that you’ve been in custody over the weekend.”

Mrs Davison fined him £30 and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge.