Joint working leads to man’s conviction
A man has been jailed for 21 days for breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order (CB0) by behaving aggressively at a Wakefield hospital.
Evidence gathered jointly by Wakefield Council's anti-social behaviour team and Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team led to the conviction of Michael Brookes, aged 66, of no fixed abode, at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 8 July.
Brookes was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge by the Court.
Brookes repeatedly caused problems for staff by making threats and being abusive to them, in front of patients, in the Accident and Emergency department of Pinderfields Hospital.
Police were called on several occasions when he refused to leave, including several times when he urinated on the floor inside the A&E department.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "It must be clear to everyone that staff and patients in our local hospital should always be treated with respect.
"The magistrates' decision sends out a message that breaches of Criminal Behaviour Orders are taken very seriously and we will never tolerate aggressive behaviour in our district. "
Inspector Helen Brear, of the Wakefield Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "We welcome this conviction which again demonstrates that Criminal Behaviour Orders do work and give us the power to take real action against those who think it is acceptable to behave in a way which is clearly completely unacceptable to those around them.
"Members of the emergency services who work to help others at a time when they are in real need deserve to be treated with utmost respect and we will not hesitate to support our colleagues in other blue light services."
Michael Brookes was issued with a CBO in August 2017 due to persistently causing anti-social behaviour at the hospital and failing to leave when requested by staff.