A man who threatened staff at a night shelter whilst he was drunk has been jailed.

Matthew Brooks, 36, was given a four-week jail term for breaching his Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

He was sentenced on Monday, March 22, at a virtual court for being intoxicated and in possession of alcohol within the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) area of St Albans, contravening his two-year Criminal Behaviour Order issued in September last year.

The court heard that Brooks, of Cutmore Drive in Colney Heath, had attended Open Door night shelter on Sunday, March 21, in an intoxicated state and threatened staff at the premises.

Investigator Simran Chana, from the St Albans Police Community Safety Unit, said: “The conditions of his CBO were put in place to safeguard people from ongoing abusive behaviour fuelled by alcohol.

“As part of his court order, a plan was put in place to address his alcohol dependency. He was given lots of support from other agencies for his alcohol addiction.  Sadly, these measures have been unsuccessful. 

“He will be able to reflect on his actions in prison whilst we protect members of the public from his alcohol fuelled actions.” 

Under the CBO, Brooks must:

  1. Not to be intoxicated within the (area map of alcohol exclusion zone pictured).
  2. Not to be in possession of an open vessel of alcohol within the PSPO area of St Albans.
  3. Not to be rude or abusive or act in a disorderly or aggressive manner towards any person in Hertfordshire.
  4. Not to enter any premises or businesses whilst intoxicated or act in a disorderly or aggressive manner in St Albans.