ASBO for clothes fire ‘nuisance’

Sanction: Coun Gillian Campbell
Sanction: Coun Gillian Campbell
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A man who threatened town hall staff and police, made racist remarks and even once set fire to the clothes he was wearing has been given an anti-social behaviour.

David Blaney, who uses various spellings of his name and also goes by the aliases David Heart and David Parkinson, was aggressive to staff from the council, police, letting agents, shop managers, night shelter staff and others, often threatening to attack them.

He also spat at people, made racist statements, stripped naked in the street and, in one previous incident, even set fire to the clothes he was wearing.

The 46-year-old, of Furness Avenue, Grange Park, has already been banned from local libraries and Blackpool Council’s housing options office after threatening staff.

But he has now been given the new order by Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

It bans him from approaching people for money he does not know and from sitting or remaining outside businesses and public buildings for that purpose.

It also bans him from tampering with public bins and trade bins, sleeping or attempting to sleep in any area designated for public use, being in possession of gas canisters, entering libraries within the borough and Blackpool Council’s housing options office on South King Street.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for public safety and enforcement, said: “The behaviour of this individual has left us with no choice but to seek these sanctions.

“We cannot allow staff and others to be subjected to this type of abusive treatment which, I’m sure, was very unsettling for all those involved.”

The problems first began in May when Blaney was banned from libraries after an incident in which he was aggressive and abusive to staff and library users and disconnected PC equipment.

Later that month he returned to Central Library and was abusive and aggressive to staff, at one stage throwing newspapers at them and days later police had to remove him from Layton Library.

In June he was abusive to an off-duty member of staff from the council’s housing options team and later attended the office and made threats to break in.

Further incidents followed at Anchorsholme Library, the housing options office, a local night shelter and the Houndshill Shopping Centre.

Blaney was also removed from A&E at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in October after racially abusing staff and being vulgar to a member of the public outside the hospital .

This incident formed part of the submissions to the court along with numerous others including a spitting incident and arsons to trade bins.

Police also reported on a number of incidents including one in which Blaney was found standing in the street in just his underwear having set his clothes on fire.

He had also been found sniffing and inhaling from gas canisters and asleep in public areas, often without items of clothing on.

The order applies for two years and if breached Blaney on conviction would be liable to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or to a fine or both.

When the new Civil Injunctions replace Anti-Social Behaviour orders next year, the order will remain in place but could be varied by application to the court should further offences be committed that are not covered by the current order.