A man from Merthyr Tydfil has been jailed after assaulting a manager of a shopping centre.
Michael Jones, 33, of Enoch Morrel Close, threatened workers and security staff at Poundland during the incident in the town centre on Tuesday, August 10 before punching the shopping centre manager who had tried to calm Jones down as he was asked to leave.
Jones, who is known locally as ‘Booty’, was remanded in custody and appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on August 11.
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Merthyr Tydfil town centre
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He pleaded guilty to assault by beating and two counts of threatening behaviour and was jailed for 18 weeks. A criminal behaviour order will also be triggered upon his release, which bans him from entering Merthyr Tydfil bus station and other shopping precincts in the town centre for two years. If he breaches the order, he faces being sent straight back to prison
South Wales Police Local Policing Inspector John Duckham, said: “Michael Jones has been a persistent problem in the town centre. My officers, who have dealt with him almost on a daily basis in recent months, have been abused and threatened, as have retail staff and members of the public.
“We are working closely with our partners, including the local authority CCTV operators, to identify trouble makers and deal quickly with them. The town centre must be a place that everybody can enjoy and we must keep those intent on committing crime and anti social behaviour out of the town.
“Criminal behaviour orders enable us to deal with persistent trouble makers quickly – either they comply, and accept the help available to them, or they find themselves back in prison.”
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