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Town centre nuisance jailed for flouting order

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A repeat town centre nuisance has been jailed for four months for repeatedly flouting an order designed to protect the public.

Action was taken against Stephen Crozier after he was caught breaching the Civil Injunction order banning him from Middlesbrough town centre on numerous occasions.

Teesside Magistrates Court heard how the original Civil Injunction had been imposed on the 55-year-old defendant - who has always been securely housed and not homeless - in October 2019.

The conditions meant that Crozier was not to enter the town centre - where had been repeatedly begging and pestering the public - for a period of three years.

In February 2020 he was taken to court where he admitted 22 out of 34 breaches of the order put to him. In that case he was given a two-month jail sentence suspended for three months.

Then in July Crozier returned to court where he admitted five out of nine breaches put to him, following which the judge in the case re-imposed the previous sentence.

Now in his latest appearance he has admitted six breaches of nine put to him leading to the immediate four-month jail sentence.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "This guy is clearly living a chaotic life and needs help and assistance - he's got to get that.

"What we can't do is just leave him to his own bad devices which frighten people away from the town centre and cause a nuisance to local businesses."

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