'Menace' Ozzey has asbo extended in bid to curb bad behaviour
HEAVY drinker Colin Osborne has been branded a "menace" to local people – and new tighter restrictions have been imposed on him in a bid to curb his antics.
An existing antisocial behaviour order made on December 16 has been extended for another two years – and two exclusion zones have been reimposed on him.
Osborne, 62, of New Street, Grimsby – also known locally as Ozzey – has caused a series of problems to shoppers and others for many months now.
The original asbo was extended at Grimsby Magistrates' Court – but Osborne himself was banned from coming into the courtroom for the hearing – because he was wearing shorts.
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He had been drinking, apparently in the St James Square area of Grimsby, and was the worse for wear when he finally arrived at court.
District judge Daniel Curtis said: "He's not coming into court in a pair of shorts."
Defence solicitor Geoff Ellis did not oppose the extended order and said Osborne had been given a chance to mend his ways – and did so for a short time – but now seemed to have "dropped back into old ways".
Eve Richardson-Smith, for North East Lincolnshire Council, said Osborne had "caused numerous problems" in Freshney Place and the Freeman Street market area.
After the hearing, Humberside Police's crime reduction manager, Andy Everett, said: "Following several complaints from shoppers and managers in the Bull Ring area of Grimsby, in particular, who are all complaining about incidents involving Mr Osborne and acts of antisocial behaviour created by him, the district judge has agreed to extend the asbo to last for another two-year term and has reintroduced two exclusion zones which he must now abide by.
"Mr Osborne, contrary to popular belief, does behave very badly.
"He is a menace and we had no alternative but to support the local authority in its application to have him removed once more from this area.
"If he is seen in those areas, he will be arrested and will be put back before the courts."
The two new exclusion areas take in the Freeman Street market area and the area covering Freshney Place, the market hall, the library and the railway station.