Homeless alcoholic asks for spell in jail

AN ALCOHOLIC walked into a police station and asked to be sent to prison, a court has heard. Homeless Willam Love pleaded guilty

AN ALCOHOLIC walked into a police station and asked to be sent to prison, a court has heard. Homeless Willam Love pleaded guilty to two charges of breaching an Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse, St Georges, on Wednesday (March 7th).The 39-year-old has a history of alcohol abuse and was arrested in Tesco supermarket in Station Road, Weston, after he admitted drinking nine cans of Special Brew and complaining to staff that his mobile phone was 'eating his credit'.He was in breach of his ASBO as the store was inside an 'no go' zone drawn up by the courts and police.Love told magistrates: "I am tired of life and want to go to prison so I can get dry."He was arrested by police again, while on bail, on February 18 after walking into Weston Police Station and informing officers he was in an exclusion zone. Paul Penney, defending, said: "My client feels a prison sentence is the only thing to help him with his alcohol abuse."Mr Penney told the chairman of the magistrates' bench, Michael Evans, that Love had breached his ASBO on more than 10 occasions since November 2005. Mr Evans sentenced Love to two periods of 90 days in prison, to be served concurrently. At Mr Penney's request magistrates quashed outstanding fines of £200 and reduced the conditions Love's ASBO requesting him 'not to cause harassment, alarm or distress to people in North Somerset.'After the hearing, Mr Penney said: "ASBOs are a complete waste of time and money. All they seem to do is move crime from the town centre where it can be monitored to areas where there is no CCTV so crime becomes more difficult to detect.


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