Homeless Chesterfield banned from being drunk in public or entering town centre arrested

A homeless Chesterfield man who is banned from the town centre was arrested for being drunk and unconscious on West Bars the day after he was released from custody for breaching the ban.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 3:30 pm
Updated Monday, 17th February 2020, 8:08 pm

Daniel Parks, 44, of no fixed abode, first had the order imposed in 2017, banning him from entering Chesterfield town centre and being drunk in a public place.On Wednesday, February 5, he was arrested and brought to court after police spotted him walking through town and was given a community order, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Friday, February 7.But the following night he was found unresponsive in a shop doorway and was arrested again and brought back to court.Prosecuting, Peter Bettany said: “The order bans him from being drunk or consuming alcohol in a public place and not to enter Chesterfield Town Centre other than to go and see his solicitor. At 11.35pm on February 6 he was found drunk and slumped in the doorway of the Betfred turf accountants in Great Bar. There have been at least 20 breaches since 2017 and he was in for this on Wednesday when he was given a six-month community order.”Parks, who admitted the breach, had been homeless in Derby before coming to Chesterfield, but could not access any of the town’s homeless shelters because of the ban and drank heavily to keep warm at night, said Kirsty Sergent, mitigating.She said:“He is homeless and has been for a number of years. On the night of his release he went to the McDonald’s in Derby Road, and they let him spend a lot of the evening there because it was extremely cold.“The following night he was walking around to keep warm, and all the homeless shelters are in the town centre. When it’s freezing cold, an alcoholic drink also helps him to keep warm.”Magistrates revoked the community order and gave him a 12-week suspended prison sentence. They wavered costs but ordered him to pay a £122 victim surcharge, and advised him to return to Derby where he could better access homelessness services.

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Chesterfield Magistrates Court, where Daniel Parks appeared