Friday 18 October 2013 Updated: 21/10 18:15
A SERIAL criminal has been banned from Frankley Services for two years after making the lives of staff a misery and harassing customers.
Steven Hegarty, 41, of Kintore Croft, Bartley Green, was handed the Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) at Redditch Magistrates Court on Tuesday (October 15).
Hegarty has 160 previous convictions for offences including theft and being drunk and disorderly.
He was given a similar two-year CRASBO in June 2011 but, after breaching it four times, he was jailed for two months.
After the order expired in June, he returned to the service station and was charged with two thefts from there in September after stealing food and drink.
He was also abusive and threatened staff who challenged him.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the police were called to Frankley Services after more reports of Hegarty being drunk and disorderly. As he was being arrested he tried to punch and kick police officers and swore in front of customers, including an elderly couple.
He was brought before the court and issued with the order within hours.
Insp Sharron Cannings of West Mercia Police said credit should go to the officers and staff who promptly put the application together and the court should be praised for granting it so swiftly.
“Over the years there have been numerous incidents in which Hegarty has caused alarm, harassment and distress to staff and customers, due to being drunk and verbally abusive, and stealing from the shops at the services.
“Service stations are open around the clock so that motorists can get food and drink and have a break from driving whatever the time of day or night, and staff and customers should not have to put up with such disruptive behaviour.
“If he breaches the order again he is likely to face a much longer jail sentence - up to five years.”
Hegarty was also fined £70 for being drunk and disorderly.
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