Exclusion order for refusing to hand over bottle

AN EASTBOURNE man who refused to hand over a bottle of vodka when questioned by police has been banned from parts of the town centre.

The incident unfolded in the Enterprise Centre car park when police saw Linden Roberts with another person and asked them to hand over the alcohol they had.

The other person gave up their drink but Roberts was abusive and walked away from the scene.

After continuing to shout abuse and ignore the requests from the PCSOs he was arrested.

The 48-year-old, of Cavalry Crescent, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Magistrates heard Roberts had been given a suspended sentence for an operatonal period of 12 months in October last year.

Tim Stirmey, defending, said Roberts told him he was not drunk and could not recall anyone else being in the vicinity when the incident took place but accepted there could have been people nearby.

He added, “He has been in court on numerous occasions in the past and he historically had a major problem with drugs and alcohol.

“Over the past year or so, and certainly the past few months, the situation has changed a lot.

“He was taking methadone as a substitute for heroin, he has reduced that and finished his methadone script.”

Magistrates heard Roberts had finished an alcohol treatment course and was enjoying living in Old Town.

For the breach of the suspended sentence he was given a one-month exclusion order which means he can not enter South Street, Gildredge Road, Ashford Road and Susans Road and any of the areas within that zone.

He was given no separate penalty for the other offence and told to pay £40 court costs.