Ban on town park for troublemaker

Nathan Cope from Eastwood has been jailed for 19 months.
Nathan Cope from Eastwood has been jailed for 19 months.

a JAILED troublemaker from Eastwood will be banned from Coronation Park when he is released from prison.

Nathan Cope was handed a 19-month sentence and slapped with a five year anti-social behaviour order for a string of offences in the town earlier this year.

Conditions of Cope’s ASBO have just been released by police, who say he will be banned from Coronation Park – a notorious spot for trouble and anti-social behaviour.

Officers say he will also be prohibited from causing ‘harassment, alarm or distress to any person not of the same household and from being in drink or in possession of alcohol in a public place other than on licensed premises’.

Police Inspector for Eastwood, Craig Berry, said: “Everyone has the right to live without fear or intimidation and we are committed to improving the quality of life for people in Nottinghamshire.

“By working with Broxtowe Borough Council, we have secured a long-term ASBO for someone who has committed a string of offences and we will be monitoring Cope’s behaviour to ensure other residents are not affected by his actions.”

Cope, of Lydia Gardens, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court last month and was jailed for escaping custody, assaulting a police officer, damaging a police vehicle and beating a man unconscious.

The charges stemmed from three different incidents dating back to March when Cope ran off from a police officer as he tried to arrest him.

Two months later he slapped an officer across the face and shouted obscenities at police as they tried to arrest him.

Cope was then arrested three weeks later while out on bail when Jack Bates was beaten up outside Stepping Stones homeless hostel in Church Street. Jack was knocked unconscious an admitted to hospital with bruising all over his face and body.

The court had heard Cope had battled with drink and drugs throughout his teens. He had previous convictions for harassment, theft and common assault.

The order will remain effective until October 2016.