Yob was abusive to probation officer

A DRUNKEN yob who refused to co-operate with probation officials has been given a final chance to avoid jail.

Christopher Wray, 27, was given probation by a judge at Teesside Crown as part of a two-year community order after he admitted sending threatening texts to a woman.

But despite being slapped with the order, he missed two scheduled appointments with the probation service on November 8 and December 12 last year.

When he did eventually turn up to speak to officials, he had been drinking and was carrying bottles of alcohol.

When he attended again on December 14 and was challenged about his behaviour he was under the influence of alcohol, prosecutor Catherine Fagan told Teesside Crown Court.

Miss Fagan said: “He was holding a can of cider and pulled a bottle of vodka from his trouser pocket and said he intended to drink it there.

“He shouted at the manager and was asked to leave.”

Paul Cleasby, mitigating, said a restraining order imposed, had worked, and Wray was easy to work with when sober.

Wray, of Catcote Road, Hartlepool, was re-sentenced for the original harassment offence and was given six months prison suspended for two years.

Judge Tony Briggs told Wray: “Your behaviour was disgraceful and no probation service should have to put up with it.”