A violent drunk has become the first person in Northamptonshire to be slapped with a drink banning order, preventing him from going into any pub, club or bar in the county.
Paul Martindale, aged 41, from Corby, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison and is banned from entering any pub, club or bar in Northamptonshire for the next two years.
He is also banned from drinking in public for the full two years.
The order, known as a DBO, was imposed by a Crown Court judge after Martindale was involved in a number of attacks while drunk.
The most recent incident took place on May 5, this year, at the Phoenix pub in Corby, when Martindale threatened staff and customers with a knife.
If Martindale breaches the terms of the order, he will be arrested.
Inspector Vaughan Clarke said: “A DBO is a helpful tool in our armoury to deal with problem individuals.
“This man has a history of being violent while drunk, and I am pleased that the court has accepted our application for a DBO as well as imposing a 12-month sentence for affray and possession of an offensive weapon.
“DOBs are part of a wider violence reduction strategy that has already seen us deliver a 14 per cent reduction this year.
“We continue to work hard with our partner agencies to ensure the night-time economy in the county is a safe and pleasant one for those who live and work here.
“This is the first DBO we have issued and demonstrates that the few people involved in this type of behaviour will not be tolerated and could be subject to a banning order which prevents them from spoiling a night out for others.”
DBOs were first made available to the police and courts in August 2009, and are similar to anti-social behaviour orders.
They are civil orders, used to address an individual’s alcohol misuse behaviour and to protect others and their property from such behaviour by imposing any prohibition which is necessary.