From West Mercia Police:
Steven Hegarty, aged 41, of Kintore Croft, Bartley Green, Birmingham, appeared before Redditch magistrates on Tuesday, 15th October, which issued a Criminal Anti Social Behaviour Order prohibiting him from entering Frankley Services on the M5 near Halesowen for two years.
Hegarty, who has 160 previous convictions for offences including theft and being drunk and disorderly, had been given a similar two-year CRASBO in June 2011. During that period he breached the order four times, for which he was jailed for two months.
Following the expiry of the CRASBO in June 2013, he began to return to the services and was charged with two thefts there in September, when he helped himself to food and drink and became threatening and abusive towards staff who challenged him.
In the early hours of Tuesday, 15th October, police were called to the services again to reports of Hegarty being drunk and disorderly. When arrested he tried to punch and kick police officers and swore in front of customers, including an elderly couple.
He was brought before the court and issued with the order within hours. The court also fined him £70 for being drunk and disorderly.
Inspector Sharron Cannings of West Mercia Police said: “Over the years there have been numerous incidents in which Hegarty has caused alarm, harassment and distress to staff and customers, due to being drunk and verbally abusive, and stealing from the shops at the services.
“Service stations are open around the clock so that motorists can get food and drink and have a break from driving whatever the time of day or night, and staff and customers should not have to put up with such disruptive behaviour.
“The new CRASBO was issued within hours of Hegarty’s latest arrest and credit must go to the officers and staff who quickly put together the application and to the court for granting it.
“If he breaches the order again he is likely to face a much longer jail sentence – up to five years.”