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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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Peter May

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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