ASBO ‘breached’ after just 6 days

Stephen McDermott EMN-141003-143916004
Stephen McDermott EMN-141003-143916004

A threatening criminal finally given an ASBO after years of offending has been charged with breaching the three-year order - just six days later.

Stephen McDermott, 53, of Elm Tree Close, Market Rasen, was known for drinking alcohol and becoming abusive and displaying threatening behaviour towards members of the public and police officers when they went to deal with him.

He has been arrested and found guilty of drunk and disorderly and public order offences 12 times in the past two years.

In a bid to stop the continual offending, the decision was made to gather evidence from residents and police officers so an application could be made to the courts for an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).

Statements were taken detailing how residents were being distressed by his actions.

And it was agreed an ASBO was necessary to protect residents from McDermott’s actions.

But six days later, on March 3, McDermott was arrested after an incident in Market Rasen and charged with a public order offence, possessing an offensive weapon and breach of his ASBO - he allegedly behaved in an alarming and disorderly manner while drunk and in possession of an axe.

McDermott has not yet entered a plea for any of the alleged offences and has been remanded in custody until he is due back in the dock at Lincoln Crown Court on March 21.

Lincolnshire Police anti-social behaviour co-ordinator PC Paul Drummond said: “We know the effect crime and anti social behaviour can have on a neighbourhood and often people are not aware of the action being taken by the police and other agencies against offenders.

“This ASBO offers us a real opportunity to resolve the issues and work with McDermott to move away from offending behaviour - but it will only work if it is very strictly policed.

“To do that we need the public to be aware of the ASBO and its conditions, and to report any offending behaviour to us as soon as possible via the 101 number.

“We hope this action, which is the culmination of a significant amount of work on the part of Lincolnshire Police and the CPS, demonstrates our commitment to tackling anti social behaviour in the area.”

The conditions of McDermott’s ASBO are as follows:

1) Be in a public place in Lincolnshire in possession of any container of alcohol on which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken

2) Be in a public place in Lincolnshire in the company of any other person who is in possession of any container of alcohol on which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken

3) Consume alcohol in a public place in Lincolnshire

4) Ask any member of the public to purchase alcohol for you or to give you alcohol

5) Be disorderly in any public place in Lincolnshire

6) Enter the Tesco store, Linwood Road, Market Rasen, LN8 3AW from which you have been banned by the manager