CRASBO for man who bit dead bird

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A MAN who previously bit into a dead wild pigeon carcass has been banned from carrying open bottles of alcohol in public places.

Robert Drake, 39, of Daventry, was issued with a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) at Northampton Magistrates’ Court last week.

The order prevents him from being in possession of an open container of alcohol in a public place, other than pubs, restaurants or night clubs, and will not expire until midnight on March 12, 2014.

The ban refers to an area within the town centre surrounded by the B4038, A4256, A425 and The Inlands.

Drake previously appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on November 9, 2011 and pleaded guilty to biting into a dead pigeon carcass in playing fields near New Street in Daventry on September 12, 2011.

He was charged with committing the public order offence while subject to a conditional discharge imposed on August 22, 2011 for a further offence of racially aggravated and threatening behaviour towards a PCSO.

Kim Dalton, prosecuting, said Drake was drunk but remembered picking up the carcass and biting into it.

She said a witness recorded footage of the incident, which was put on YouTube and received around 2,000 online hits.

Claire Fitzpatrick, defending, said the offence was a spur of the moment, drunken action and Drake was extremely intoxicated and remembered very little about it.

At the time he was given an 18-month community order and 12 months of alcohol treatment. Drake was also fined £100 for breaking his conditional discharge, plus £85 in costs.