63-year-old thug who 'waged war' against Bolton at Home banned from Breightmet street

The Bolton News: New Lane, Breightmet, where Gerald Dover has been banned from entering for two years. Picture from Google Maps. New Lane, Breightmet, where Gerald Dover has been banned from entering for two years. Picture from Google Maps.

A 63-YEAR-OLD man has been banned from a Breightmet street for two years after he waged war against Bolton at Home and the Breightmet UCAN centre.

Gerald Dover, also known as Gerald Montgomery, spat on doors, urinated in public and swore at passers-by in New Lane, subjecting people using the UCAN Centre and neighbouring shops to a campaign of abuse.

He also acted aggressively towards passers-by and “wielded weapons”, Bolton Magistrates Court heard.

Such was his level of abuse that other residents stopped going to the UCAN centre for fear of being threatened.

He has now been given a Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Order (CRASBO) and is banned from entering a stretch of New Lane in Breightmet for two years.

He is also banned from threatening to use violence and from using insulting or abusive language in a public place.

The order came as Dover was jailed for a racially aggravated public order offence for an incident on January 20.

Sharon Naughton, neighbourhood safety manager for Bolton at Home, said: “We’ve tried on a number of occasions to engage with Mr Dover to help him address his behaviour, but he has refused all offers of help from us and our partner organisations.

“His behaviour was having a detrimental impact on the wider neighbourhood with members of the local community being discouraged from visiting their UCAN centre due to fear of being threatened.

"We were left with no choice but to seek the CRASBO with the support of the Crown Prosecution Service, which we hope will stop the defendant offending and prevent him coming into contact with previous victims.

“We’ll do all that we can to prevent crime and disorder and we’ll pursue CRASBOs against individuals whose bad behaviour necessitates such action to prevent our communities falling victim to any future crime and disorder.”

The order lasts for two years and if he fails to comply, he risks being taken back to court and jailed for up to five years.

Dover, of no fixed abode, has 32 other convictions dating back to the early 1960s.

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