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Washwood Heath troublemaker locked up for brandishing shears

2015-06-17 19:18:29

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A troublemaker banned from a neighbourhood he terrorised through his drunken and anti social behaviour has been jailed for brandishing shears outside a pub.

Wayne Clarke was outlawed from passing through the Nansen Road area of Washwood Heath in August 2010 after he repeatedly abused residents.

But the 45 year-old scaffolder, previously of Havelock Road, Alum Rock, breached the ban on February 26 when he was spotted holding a pair of garden shears less than two miles away outside the Hornet Pub by the duty manager.

Clarke admitted possessing a bladed article and breaching his ASBO, was jailed for 12 months.

Lal Amarashinghe, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said: “He could be heard shouting that he was going to ‘cut somebody up’.

“He was also seen holding a pair of garden shears and two customers were seen to walk away.

“The pub manager called the police who when they arrived found Clarke to be in an intoxicated state and discovered the shears in his jacket pocket.”

Recorder Julian Taylor also made him the subject of a five year criminal anti social behaviour order banning him from entering the Hornet pub, a William Hills bookmakers and newsagents in Washwood Heath – and from being in a state of drunkenness in a public place.

He said: “This is a serious matter. You have an appalling record, I suspect mostly down to your addiction to alcohol, which if you do not address will one day kill you.”

Michael Grey, defending, said: “He was holding the secateurs. Nothing was done with them.”

He said Clarke, who was trying to do something about his addiction, worked for a scaffolding company and that he had used the shears to snip off plastic ties.

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