ASBO man jailed

Calderdale Magistrates Court.
Calderdale Magistrates Court.

A man who was told not to drink in Calderdale or threaten the public was jailed for breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

William Smith, 29, of Grosvenor Place, Halifax, pleaded guilty to using threatening language to a Hebden Bridge train station bus replacement service bus driver, breaching a previous ASBO order and guilty to a breach of bail.

In November 2012, Smith was made the subject of a five year court order that prevents him from drinking in public and harassing members of the public.

Calderdale Magistrates’ heard a drunk Smith knocked on the door of a rail replacement bus in the car park of Hebden Bridge train station and asked the driver when the bus would leave.

The driver, who told Smith the bus would not leave for another two hours, said the drunk man returned to half an hour later and pressed the emergency door release - raising the alarm.

Later, he returned with an open can of lager, swearing and demanding to be let on the bus so he could see his father in Burnley.

The driver called the police but they did not arrive before the bus was due to leave so the driver allowed Smith to take a seat on board.

Prosecution Lisa Beadle said Smith urinated against a wall when he got off the bus.

In a statement, the driver said: “I don’t expect to be abused when trying to do my job.”

Mitigation Maggie Kavannagh told the court Smith, an alcoholic dependent who had grown up with alcohol in the family, was travelling to see his ill father.

He was jailed for ten weeks.