Abusive teenager left counting the cost after being kicked out of Kettering nightclub

He refused to tell police his name and address and was taken to court

By Sam Wildman
Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 10:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th February 2020, 11:23 am

An anti-social teenager who caused a nuisance after he was ejected from a Kettering nightclub then failed to tell police his name and address.

Ryan Craig, 19, was taken to court after he refused point-blank to provide his details despite several warnings he would be arrested in the early hours of January 26.

Craig, of Minerva Way in Wellingborough, started verbally abusing door staff and police officers after being ushered out of Abacus in Dalkeith Place.

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Northampton Magistrates' Court.

After initially leaving the area he returned to the club and continued to cause a nuisance, leaving officers with no other option than to issue him with a dispersal order.

After refusing to tell officers his name and address he was charged under Section 50 of the Police Reform Act for 'failure to supply a name and address while being anti-social when a police officer wanted to issue a dispersal order'.

On February 13 at Northampton Magistrates' Court he admitted refusing to provide his name and address to police officers and was ordered to pay a total of £350 in fines and costs.

Sergeant Rob Offord of the North Local Policing Area said: “Section 50 is one of those powers we rarely have to turn to, as most people will provide the police with their personal details when asked.

“However, this legislation allows officers to intervene at a much earlier stage, stopping more serious disorder or other offences from happening. In this case, it helped to prevent the situation descending into a fight or assault.

“This law is crucial to reassuring the public that officers will not only stop assaults on revellers on a night out, but also gives confidence to local licences who regularly have to eject people for causing issues in their premises.

“Through the successful use of Section 50 power, it means suspects of anti-social behaviour cannot go on believing that they can act outside of the law when causing alarm and distress to other innocent people.”