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Newbury man fined for urinating in his hat at bus stop

Culprit is so 'devastatingly antisocial' he damages local economy, court told

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A MAN so “devastatingly anti-social” that he damages Newbury’s economy has been fined for urinating in his hat.

The public health risk created by Peter Charles May caused police to cordon off the area at Newbury bus station, Reading magistrates heard on Thursday, October 27.

A catalogue of offending by the 67-year-old once led to the imposition of a two-year ‘super ASBO’, banning him from the town centre.

But that has now expired, the court was told.

During a previous hearing, a prosecutor described Mr May as “devastatingly anti-social” and revealed that he nearly forced a soup kitchen to close, damaged the local economy by discouraging shoppers and tourists and created a health risk by repeatedly soiling himself or defecating in public.

In describing the latest offence, Sarah McKay, prosecuting, said it happened at Newbury bus station in full view of young children.

She added: “He is well known in Newbury for going to the toilet wherever he pleases.

“There were young children running around and the bus stop seats had to be cordoned off because of contamination.”

Mr May, who lives at the Two Saints hostel in Newtown Road, Newbury, admitted using disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress on June 18.

Steve Molloy, defending, described his client as “a wreck of a human being”, but added: “When he was younger – and I’ve seen proof of this – he served his country in the Army for 12 years.

“Before getting the hostel place he was sleeping rough and effectively drinking himself to death with the small amount of money he had. He has continence issues and regularly messes himself.

“However, he doesn’t come into the town as much as he used to.”

At a previous hearing, Pc Lee Frost told magistrates: “He has no remorse for the people he upsets. Market traders say he keeps customers away.

“I’ve seen the harassment he causes on a daily basis and he shows complete contempt for the community and for people who have tried to help him.”

He added: “The church was going to close the soup kitchen because of him, and all users would have suffered.

“We’ve offered him showers and tried to clean him up but he refuses on every occasion.”

After reading Mr May’s lengthy record of offending, magistrates expressed concern that he was still able to use Newbury as a toilet.

Ms McKay assured them: “Police are keeping an eye on the situation and will be seeking to impose a criminal behaviour order if this continues.”

Magistrates fined Mr May, who is on benefits, £30 plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £30.

They made no order for costs because of Mr May’s limited means.

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  • NewburyDenizen

    04/11/2016 - 16:04

    Sadly, I can kind of see where he might be coming from, society has turned it's back on him, so he's giving society the finger and being "antisocial". The guy clearly needs assistance, but chances are it's simply too late, ground down by a system that cares little and people who most times care even less. Perhaps he's not the problem, but the rest of us are...take a good look around, if you had nothing at all, wouldn't Newbury, it's residents and the blatent inequality drive you to rebel against what you see in the only way you could? I sympathise with this man, and yes, I call him a man, as anyone who serves their country deserves to be recognised, as chances are high, he's done more for than those who turn their noses up at him.

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    • DonCossack

      05/11/2016 - 00:12

      Are you dumb? Society has given him a bed to sleep in, put money in his pocket and food in his stomach. Read the article. He gets benefits, lives in a hostel and eats at a soup kitchen. "I've seen the harassment he causes on a daily basis and shows complete contempt for the community and for people who have tried to help him". It evens goes on to say that they've tried to wash him. Regardless of if he was in the army or not, he just simply wouldn't survive in another, less caring society. If he was African he'd already be dead. How can you possibly think society has turned its back on him? That's simply not true

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      • NewburyDenizen

        07/11/2016 - 12:12

        Well, without knowing his past, who's to say where society may have failed this individual, I was simply offering an alternative take on the situation, but sure, believe what you like, it's only a person's life after all.

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  • zmjrc

    04/11/2016 - 14:02

    How is it ridiculing him? The headline states exactly what a court found him guilty of doing. As for your comment that he 'needs help', refer to this quote: “He has no remorse for the people he upsets. Market traders say he keeps customers away. “I’ve seen the harassment he causes on a daily basis and he shows complete contempt for the community and for people who have tried to help him.” He added: “The church was going to close the soup kitchen because of him, and all users would have suffered. “We’ve offered him showers and tried to clean him up but he refuses on every occasion.”

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  • Daina

    04/11/2016 - 13:01

    You should be ashamed newbury weekly news this is NOT a headline this is a man who life has sadly got the better of and needs HELP not ridiculing by the local newspaper !!!

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  • Newbs1234

    04/11/2016 - 12:12

    Its Gandalf!!

    Reply

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