Troublemaker jailed and banned from all town centre pubs upon his release

28 June 2019: Story and photograph courtesy of Newark Advertiser

A man who persistently caused trouble in and around pubs in Newark has been barred from every licensed premise in the town centre for five years.

A Criminal Behaviour Order has been secured on 29-year-old Shamus Doyle who has a record of drunkenness and of violent and threatening behaviour stretching back more than two years.

The order was made following Doyle’s conviction at Nottingham Crown Court on May 7 for two counts of common assault, burglary, theft, attempted theft and possession of an offensive weapon and his subsequent jail sentence for two years and three months.

The court found that Doyle had engaged in behaviour that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons’ and that it considers that an order was necessary to help in preventing the offender from engaging in such behaviour.

Under the terms of the criminal behaviour order Doyle is banned from:

• Any public house within Newark town centre.
• Entering Queen’s Head Court or the area directly between the Queen’s Head public house and Sir John Arderne Wetherspoon’s.
• The Roaring Meg, Barnbygate, Newark at any time.
•The Grove Public House, London Road, Balderton, at any time.

If he fails to comply with the terms of the order, which extends beyond his current prison sentence, police have the power to arrest him and he may face a further custodial sentence.

Newark and Sherwood District Council leader David Lloyd said: “Criminal behaviour orders are an extremely useful tool in seeking to put sanctions on the small number of people who cause misery to others.”

“Anti-social behaviour is upsetting and distressing to those who are subject to it or have the misfortune to have to witness this type of behavior. The public can be assured that when this type of behaviour is reported, police and council staff will take the matter seriously.”

“We want the residents of Newark and Sherwood to have the confidence and reassurance to report anti-social behaviour and I am pleased the courts have supported our actions. Reporting this type of behaviour will assist in making our towns a more pleasant and safer place in which to live, work and visit.”

Inspector Heather Sutton, district police commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “The Criminal Behaviour Order issued against Doyle is as a direct result of our strong working relationships with Newark and Sherwood District Council, the town’s Pubwatch scheme and local businesses.

“By banning Doyle from all of these licensed premises, these establishments will be able to operate in the knowledge he will be unable to have a negative impact on their businesses, allowing staff and customers to go about their business without being in fear.”

“The fact that the court has seen fit to put a five-year order in place reflects the gravity of Doyle’s unacceptable behaviour.”

“It also sends out a strong message that this sort of criminal behaviour will not be tolerated within our community.”

Newark and Sherwood District Council works in partnership with Newark Police and the town’s Pubwatch scheme to ensure pubs and bars in the district are safe and trouble-free places where customers can enjoy themselves.

Pubwatch is a voluntary organisation, established to help protect licensees in the town centre, which meets monthly to discuss and share issues of mutual concern to ensure pubs provide a safe and welcoming environment.