Update: Persistent offender Lee Cummings has been jailed for breaching his Community Behaviour Order and stealing alcohol from a petrol station.
The Order banned him from entering certain places and prohibited him from associating in a public place with six named people. However, on 28th July, he was seen in the company of one of those six in Mill Lane in Uckfield.
He was charged with breaching a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO), and also charged with theft from a shop after being seen on CCTV stealing alcohol from Applegreen Filling Service Station in Uckfield on 6th July.
He appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 30th July where he was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment for activating a suspended sentence, four weeks for breaching a CBO to run concurrently, and four weeks for theft to run concurrently.
Inspector Jon Gross of the Wealden prevention team said:
CBOs are only granted by a court where it is felt absolutely necessary. They are an order specifically granted to protect communities from the persistent anti-social and criminal acts of individuals who have frequently come to notice for such behaviour.
Mr Cummings showed complete disregard for his CBO, breaching it within a fortnight of it being issued. It is therefore no surprise that the court has felt it necessary to reflect the breach of the CBO as part of the sentencing in this case.
Teenager banned from catching the train between Crowborough & Uckfield.
Lee Cummings has been banned from parts of Uckfield for two year, and travelling on the railway between Crowborough and Uckfield, following persistent criminal and anti-social behaviour in the area.
Cummings, 18, unemployed, of Selby Road in Uckfield, was given a Criminal Behaviour Order when he appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (15th July).
The Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) comes after Cummings was convicted earlier this year of a series of offences in Crowborough.
Cummings was sentenced for 40 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work. He was convicted for making off without payment from MK Barbers and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place. He also assaulted two police officers at the Fernbank Centre.
The CBO prohibits him from entering certain areas of the town including Uckfield railway station, McDonalds in Bell Lane, Waitrose in the High Street, Tesco in Bell Lane and their associated car parks.
The exclusion zone also includes Luxford Field recreation ground, the footpath alongside Uckfield fire station and Holy Cross Primary School, and the Civic Centre.
He is also banned from entering the grounds of any railway station without holding a valid ticket, and he is banned from travelling on the railway line between Uckfield and Crowborough.
Sergeant Kara Tombling of the Wealden prevention team said:
Cummings has been responsible for significant anti-social behaviour issues in Uckfield, which have caused a lot of distress to residents and business owners in the area.
Our officers have worked extremely hard to secure this CBO to help provide some respite for those that have been continually affected by Cummings’ actions.
We hope this CBO sends out a message that we will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, and will continue to use the powers available to us to deal with those responsible.
We encourage people to continue reporting incidents of anti-social behaviour to us, so we can identify those responsible and respond effectively.
Anyone who sees Cummings in any of the prohibited areas is asked to contact police online or by calling 101.