Notorious character 'Ozzey' locked up for breach of Asbo
COLIN Osborne – aka Ozzey – has been locked up for the latest breach of an order imposed in the hope of curbing his nuisance behaviour.
At Grimsby Magistrates' Court, district judge Daniel Curtis sentenced Osborne to 12 weeks in prison, after hearing he had verbally abused a member of the public and a security guard at Freeman Street Market, breaching his anti-social behaviour order.
He also refused to leave the market when told to do so.
In sentencing him to 12 weeks imprisonment for the breach, Mr Curtis told Osborne that his 20 previous breaches of his Asbo "could not be ignored" and that he had offended too many times in the past.
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The judge said: "This is all about people's lives you affect," adding that he had no alternative other than to deal with him in a "robust way".
He also told the notorious character that if he did not change his ways he would get a greater sentence the next time he appeared before him.
Sergeant Steve Lynn, Neighbourhood Policing Team Supervisor, said: "Mr Osborne is continuing to be a total nuisance in the Grimsby town centre and now, of course, in Freeman Street. His anti-social behaviour is aimed at women and children in particular and considerable police resources have to be spent dealing with him.
"I really do welcome the sentence that Mr Curtis has given him. Some might think that this is harsh, but in reality it will give many respite from his predatory behaviour, which upsets a very large silent majority, in my opinion."
As reported, in August last year he was locked up for 28 days for breaching an Asbo.
Osborne, 61, well-known to many people in Grimsby as Ozzey, was seen walking through East St Mary's Gate in the town on August 22, a place he was forbidden from entering.
The prolific troublemaker said he regularly visited Grimsby Minster following the death of his wife 25 years ago.
In previous court appearances he told his solicitor it was upsetting for him to be banned from going in the area of the church.