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A Gloucester man who cheats pubs out of meals and drinks is banned from just about every bar and restaurant in Gloucestershire.

A Gloucester man who cheats pubs out of meals and drinks that he can't afford to pay for has had a criminal ASBO order slapped on him.

It means Paul Gordon Miles, 41, of Willowleaze, Longlevens, is banned from just about every bar and restaurant in Gloucestershire.

The 'CRASBO' was imposed on Miles after he was convicted at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court this week of obtaining services dishonestly from a pub in Kingsway without the funds to pay.

He also asked for an identical incident at the same pub earlier this year to be taken into consideration.

At the time of the latest offence Miles was subject to a suspended jail sentence for similar offences,

But police argued at court against him being locked up on the grounds jail had not been effective in stopping him on release.

Instead they requested the CRASBO order barring him from every pub in the county except the Double Gloucester pub in Cheltenham Road for the next three years.

Paul Miles
Paul Miles, Conman Credit: GNS

Miles has done this on numerous occasions - typically ordering a £30 or £40 meal and drinks and then revealing he doesn't have any money.

This latest incident even saw him asking other customers if they would like him to open a tab on their behalf and then offering to take their money to pay off the bill.

It's unacceptable and very distressing to the businesses who he targets.

However, what is clear is that prison hasn't deterred him in the past, which is why we wanted this CRASBO.

We’re hoping it will be a better way of stopping him acting in this brazen way. From now on if he legitimately wants a drink he can only visit his local pub (the Double Gloucester) where the landlord is now aware of his past activity.

To aid the CRASBO we are issuing Miles’ photo so that business owners are aware of what he looks like and can call us if he enters their premises.

If you believe Miles is breaching the CRASBO please call our officers immediately. People should be aware he has links to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Coleford, so please be alert.

– Acting Inspector Richard Bruce, Gloucestershire Police


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The offender is believed to have been wearing dark clothing but no other description is available.

The victim is being given every possible support at present and we are carrying out a number of forensic and CCTV enquiries to identify this man. A fishing competition was taking place on the lake at the time, so it may be that an angler saw or heard something.

– Gloucestershire police

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