AN ABUSIVE banned driver who was barred from a Herefordshire Wetherspoon pub ahead of his sentencing has been jailed.

Nathan James appeared before magistrates in Hereford for sentencing in February after he was bailed with conditions not to enter the Dukes Head Wetherspoon pub in Leominster or contact his victims after entering guilty pleas to nine charges when he appeared before magistrates in Kidderminster in January.

The court heard that the 26-year-old had used threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour towards a woman and a man with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence in Leominster on September 13.


He had been caught driving a Renault Modus in Leominster's Corn Square while disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence, and without a valid insurance policy in place on the same date.

The court heard he had also driven a Ford Fiesta without a valid insurance policy in place and while disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence in Lacey Road, Ludlow, on January 6.

He had again driven the same car on the A49 at Ashton, Ludlow, on January 7, also while disqualified and without insurance, and while over the drink-driving limit, with 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Magistrates said the offences were so serious that only custody could be justified as James has previous convictions for similar offences and as there had been three driving while disqualified offences committed in a short period of time.

James, who is of St Peters Square, Lucton, was jailed for 20 weeks and banned from driving for 26 weeks.

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