ASBO thief given a second chance

A VIOLENT thief who breached an anti- social behaviour order by threatening a security guard has avoided prison after pledging to turn his life around.

Robert Rush offered to fight the guard at the Co-op in Welland Vale Road, Corby, after he confronted him for stealing onion bhajis and two gammon joints.

But he was spared jail by Corby magistrates on Friday after agreeing to work with the probation service on dealing with his issues.

Rush, 35, of Weston Walk, Corby, was banned from Corby town centre as part of a three-year order made last July. It followed a number of shoplifting and public order offences in town centre shops.

The order forbids him from threatening anyone in Corby with violence, or intimidating or verbally abusing them.

It also states he must not stay in any shop premises when asked to leave.

The most recent incident took place on March 5.

Sally Laundon, prosecuting, said he became aggressive towards the guard and told him “let’s fight around the corner”.

The store was busy at the time and there were several children there.

Gill Walker, in mitigation, said: “Mr Rush has an extensive record. I was quite surprised when he said he would comply with the probation service.

“He is at a moment in his life when he is willing to give it a go.

“He is one of these revolving door people. Most of the offences are relatively minor but the bigger picture is the record which goes with it.”

Chairman of magistrates Roger Fowles said: “We have taken you at your word.

“But rest assured it will be thrown back at you if you let us down. We are going to give you a chance.”

Rush was given a 24-month community order and also handed a 12-month alcohol treatment order.