A man has been banned from parts of Swindon town centre after admitting causing damage at a local bar.

Michael Gibson, aged 27, from Harding Street, appeared at Swindon Magistrates Court on Tuesday 5 June charged with using threatening and abusive behaviour at Yates on Bridge Street, Swindon on 29 January and criminal damage at the same address on 10 May.

He pleaded guilty to the charges and received a tagged curfew from 8pm to 7am daily for eight weeks.

A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) was also granted by magistrates for two years, prohibiting him from entering an exclusion zone; this reflects the key locations he was causing issues in – mainly premises in Bridge Street.

PC Paul Bezzant, Community Co-ordinator for Swindon Town Centre, said: “During the court proceedings on Tuesday I applied and successfully manage to get the CBO granted.

“I feel this is important as it sends a message that continual, anti-social offenders like Gibson will be dealt with robustly.

“A breach of this order is a criminal offence and if he chooses to do this he will find himself in court again.

“I want to reassure businesses in the exclusion area that Gibson will be dealt with severely if he is seen breaching this order, if any member of the public does see him breaking the law please call 999 immediately.”

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