Cheshire man banned from swearing in England and Wales after bringing 'misery' to Chester

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David Churchill is a prolific offender in the Chester and Ellesmere Port areas. Credit: Cheshire Police

A man has been banned from swearing in England and Wales by police after bringing "misery" to the city of Chester.

Ian Churchill, 38, has 27 criminal convictions for a variety of offences which were committed in Ellesmere Port and Chester.

His offences have included assault, criminal damage, theft, public order and drugs.

He was taken to court in February 2022 where a 30-month criminal behaviour order was put in place with a number of strict conditions.

Under the order, Churchill is not allowed to enter an exclusion zone in Chester town centre and he must not use, or encourage others to use, foul, abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening, disorderly or intimidating language or behaviour in any public place in England and Wales or towards any person.

This map shows areas of Chester Churchill is banned from Credit: Cheshire Police

Despite the order and repeated warnings from officers, Churchill was arrested on Tuesday, 23 May after he breached the order by entering the exclusion zone.

He appeared at Chester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 24 May, where he was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison.

Inspector James Wilson, of Chester Local Policing Unit, said: "Churchill is a prolific offender who has brought misery to the city over a number of years.

"Despite multiple offers of support, he has continued his offending and refused to engage with officers, persistently showing no consideration at all for the impact his behaviour has had on others.

"There comes a point when you have to say enough is enough and take additional action to protect the community and businesses in the area. I hope that this sentence provides reassurance to local residents and helps to deter Churchill’s criminal behaviour in future."

Following his release from prison Churchill will be required to continue to comply with terms of his criminal behaviour order until 15 August 2024.

If he breaches the order again, he will be arrested and could face a penalty of up to five years imprisonment.

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