‘Chronic alcoholic’ adds to tally by breaching ASBO

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

The 55-year-old has more than 160 previous convictions, most of which are related to alcohol, heard North Devon Magistrates Court.

AN ALCOHOLIC with more than 160 previous convictions appeared in court today (Friday) for breaching an ASBO.

Steven Burton, of Hilldales Residential Care Home in Ilfracombe, pleaded guilty to entering two off licences in Ilfracombe on Thursday.

The ASBO granted by North Devon Magistrates Court on January 21 last year banned Burton from entering any off licence between 8am and 6pm.

The court heard the 55-year-old had entered the Marty McColls shop in Ilfracombe and selected a bottle of cider but left the store empty handed.


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He then visited the Drink Link where he picked up two bottles of wine, placing one inside his jacket, before he was confronted by a member of staff.

Burton put the bottles back when he was challenged by the staff member and left the store but the police were called to the scene.

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Officers found Burton sat outside the store drinking a bottle of cider and arrested him.

Prosecutor Karen Ball said Burton was also in breach of a conditional discharge given on April 12, for an offence of being drunk and disorderly.

Tim Hook, defending, said his client was a chronic alcoholic whose many convictions consisted mainly of alcohol-related thefts.

He said since his latest custody spell in August last year Burton, who had previously resided on the streets, had been taken into Hilldales Residential Home.

The court heard Burton had been greatly supported at the home and since residing there this was only his third offence.

Magistrates sentenced Burton to a curfew to run for eight weeks from 8pm until 8am.

“As a boxer in Bristol I had 39 fights and this is the hardest one yet,” Burton told magistrates as he left the court.

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