Offender jailed after he breached a town centre ban

An offender who has repeatedly breached the conditions of a criminal behaviour order has been put back behind bars for six weeks.

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 12:25 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:46 am
Pictured is Paul Aaron Wells, 23, of No Fixed Abode, who was jailed for six weeks after breaching a criminal behaviour order for the third time.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Thursday, March 9, how Paul Aaron Wells, 23, of No Fixed Abode, was caught in New Beetwell Street, in Chesterfield town centre, when he was banned from entering the town centre.

Prosecuting solicitor Lyn Bickley said: “He was subject to a criminal behaviour order from December 6 to last for five years and there are several conditions on that order.

“One of these is not to go into Chesterfield town centre as outlined by a map except to see solicitors or homeless services.

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“But at 2pm, on March 8, there were reports he was on that street near to the bus stops and it looked like he was picking up things from the ground and rolling something like a cigarette and asking people for a light and police were alerted.”

The court heard how this was the third time Wells had breached his criminal behaviour order and he had only just been released from a four week custodial sentence.

Wells pleaded guilty to breaching his criminal behaviour order after entering the town centre on March 8.

The probation service revealed that Wells compliance with court orders has been poor and described his non-compliance as prolific.

Defence solicitor Ian McLeod said: “It does sound dire. Going to prison, being released and going on licence and then going back.

“Nothing is working for him and he finds himself with no accommodation. The key issue is the drug mamba which he says fries his brain and he finds it difficult to get free of it.”

Magistrates sentenced Wells to six weeks of custody after considering wells previous convictions and non-compliance with probation.

He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.