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Port Talbot man who threatened McDonald's staff is hit with an Asbo

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

Ashley Price

A YOB has been hit with an Asbo after embarking on an 18-month reign of terror that included threatening staff in a McDonald's restaurant.

Ashley Morgan Price has now been banned from going into the restaurant in Water Street, Port Talbot, as well as two other nearby businesses — with a threat of a fine or up to five years behind bars if he disobeys.

Under the terms of his two-year antisocial behaviour order, the 23-year-old from Lister Avenue in Port Talbot cannot be drunk in any public place in Neath Port Talbot.

Neither can he possess unsealed containers of alcohol, other than in a licensed premises, nor use abusive, insulting, offensive, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour anywhere in the county.

Neath Port Talbot Community Safety Partnership applied for the order after Price acted in an antisocial manner over 18 months.

Incidents included using threatening language and behaviour, carrying offensive weapons, being heavily intoxicated in public places and using violence against individuals.

Council solicitor Gareth Griffiths told magistrates that, since June 2011, police had received no less that 34 reports relating to Price from a number of complainants.

As well as banning him from the McDonald's, the order bans him from Ladbrokes in Ysguthan Road and Lloyds Pharmacy in Marsh Street.

He was said to have used threatening behaviour and language towards staff at all three premises on several occasions.

Antisocial behaviour reduction co-ordinator Paul Lewis said: "The decision to apply for an antisocial behaviour order is not taken lightly.

"In this case we felt it was necessary to protect the public from Price's persistent antisocial acts."

Applications for antisocial behaviour orders are made at a civil court.

If the defendant breaches the order, the offence become a criminal matter and will be dealt with accordingly.

"The partnership is delighted with the court's decision to impose an ASBO on Price," added Mr Lewis.

"We hope this serves as a warning to others that antisocial behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated and that the partnership will use the full force of the law to protect the public."

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