Page last updated at 17:06 GMT, Friday, 23 April 2010 18:06 UK

Lancaster man given 12-month pub ban

Gareth Green
Green was also banned from drinking and being drunk in a public place

A man has been banned from all pubs, clubs and bars in parts of Lancashire for 12 months.

Gareth Green, 30, of Ashbourne Drive, Lancaster, was issued with a Drinking Banning Order (DBO) at Lancaster Magistrates' Court.

Police applied for the order, banning Green from venues in Lancaster, Morecambe and Heysham, after he breached a previous ban.

Lancashire police said it was the first such order issued in the county.

"Green has committed a long list of offences over the past 10 years and every single one of them has been while he was drunk, " a police spokesman said.

We believed that this was the best way forward to try and offer Green help and rehabilitation
Sgt James Martin

The penalty for breaching a DBO, which the Home Office introduced in August 2009, is a fine of up to £2,500.

Green was also banned from causing disruption to the reasonable running of drinking establishments and forbidden from drinking, or being drunk in a public place, police said.

The 12-month ban will be reduced by half if he successfully completes an approved course.

Sgt James Martin said: "Unlike an Asbo, breaching a DBO cannot result in a prison sentence, and we believed that this was the best way forward to try and offer Green help and rehabilitation."



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