Banned from every pub in Billericay for next 2 years

Echo: Banned from every pub in Billericay for next 2 years Banned from every pub in Billericay for next 2 years

A TROUBLEMAKER has been banned from every pub in Billericay for two years following a drunken campaign of abuse against staff, punters and police officers.

Wayne Earl, 30, has been travelling to the town, getting drunk and starting fights in bars along the High Street, for the past 18 months.

A dossier of 11 incidents dating back to 2009 has seen him knee a police officer in the groin, kick a man in the face, smash a glass over a drinker’s head and threaten a barmaid.

He was handed a two-year antisocial behaviour order last week and landlords have welcomed the news – but are concerned Earl may not obey the restrictions.

One publican, who did not want to be named, said: “He has been terrorising pubs in Billericay for some time.

“We had incidents where he spat in a barmaid’s eye, and another where he threw a glass across the bar and hit someone in the face.

“That is just the type of person he is. He likes to get drunk and start fights.

“My concern has always been that he is going to harman innocent person.

“He has been banned from all the pubs in Billericay, but will try to sneak in or climb over the walls of the beer gardens. So we have to be really vigilant.

“I welcome this Asbo, but I am conscious that the type of person he is, he may not stick to it.”

Earl travels to Billericay, sometimes several timesaweek, to visit family and friends.

During the most recent incident, on July 7, Earl, of Grange Road, Plaistow, East London, swore at Lance Roberts, landlord of the Railway pub, in High Street, after he barred him from entering the pub.

He then flicked a cigarette in his eye, and his pal Max Pullen- Gardner, 34, punched the publican in the jaw.

The pair walked off towards the train station where they were arrested by Sgt Paul Costin and PC Danielle Hutton.

During the arrest, Pullen- Gardner, of Radford Court, Billericay, pulled PC Hutton to the floor causing her to injure her elbow, which is now in a cast.

Earl and Pullen-Gardener appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on July 9.

Earl admitted common assault and was handed a twoyear Asbo, 140 hours community service and a £153 fine.

Pullen-Gardener admitted common assault, obstructing a police officer and criminal damage and was handed 140 hours community service and told to pay £300 compensation.

Speaking after the Asbo was made, Sgt Costin, based at Billericay police station, said: “This is a good example of where we have worked robustly with the community to deal with a man who cannot hold his alcohol.

“This man drank beyond what he could take and, as a result, got involved in alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour.

“Since we became aware of the problems caused by Mr Earl, we have left no stone unturned in bringing him to justice.”

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