Homeless man risks an ASBO

PUBLISHED: 12:45 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 12:05 04 May 2010

HOMELESS Gary Doyle is in ASBO territory he was warned this week, after admitting he was found lying drunk on the ground in Ely. Doyle — who lives in a tent — was outside the home of the late Sheree Smith in New Barns Avenue when police were called out

HOMELESS Gary Doyle is in "ASBO territory" he was warned this week, after admitting he was found lying drunk on the ground in Ely.

Doyle - who lives in a tent - was outside the home of the late Sheree Smith in New Barns Avenue when police were called out just before 8am.

"Police were called because of a

disturbance," prosecutor Matthew

Bradbury told Ely magistrates on Thursday. "Doyle was lying in the street in a drunken state. When he got up he leant against a wall. He was clearly drunk. He was unsteady on his feet, his speech was slurred and he smelled of drink."

Forty-three-year-old Doyle refused to move, he wanted to sit on the path and was loud and abusive.

Doyle admitted being drunk and disorderly on August 23. That put him in breach of a conditional discharge imposed just 12 days earlier He also admitted failing to turn up at court on September 21.

Mr Bradbury said: "He is now in ASBO territory. If there are further public order offences, I would be confident in seeking an ASBO against him. We will keep our powder dry, in case there is another incident."

Mitigating, Jacqui Baldwin said Doyle had sworn at police when he was drunk, and had spent a night in custody after his arrest. He had suffered with a drink problem for 10 years, she added, and had recently suffered a heart attack.

Doyle was fined a total of £50 and his conditional discharge will continue to run.

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