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A man given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) on Friday 4 May has been sentenced to two weeks imprisonment for breaching it the next day.
36-year-old Steven Michael Brierley, of no fixed abode, was given the ASBO at Medway Magistrates Court with conditions not to be in a drunken state, consuming alcohol in public and entering certain parts of Chatham town centre.
He was arrested in High Street, Chatham on Saturday afternoon (5 May) where officers found him drunk and consuming alcohol in a public place. He was charged with breaching his ASBO.
He appeared before Medway Magistrates' Court on Tuesday 8 May where he was sentenced to two weeks imprisonment.
A 20-year-old man from Swanscombe has been handed an Anti-Social Behaviour Order after persistently riding bikes illegally on and off-road, in public parks and at Swanscombe Heritage Park, an area of specific scientific interest.
Kyran Hodges of Irving Walk was warned by Kent Police on 16 separate occasions between 2007 and 2011.
He was reported for careless driving, no insurance, driving otherwise than in accordance with a drivers licence, and riding a motorcycle without a helmet.
He appeared at Dartford Magistrates' Court on 17th November 2011, where he pleaded guilty to all offences. The ASBO is in force for two years until 4 April 2014.