Ordered to leave town

Gareth Rugg
Gareth Rugg

A NOTORIOUS Bridlington offender has been ordered to leave the town for a year – or risk four months in prison.

Gareth Rugg’s, record for violence and criminality has made him one of the most prolific offenders in Yorkshire – racking up 234 offences on 70 court appearances.

He was once described in court as having a record of previous convictions which should be “weighed, rather than read out”.

Now a senior judge has banned him from Bridlington for at least 12 months, and has sent him to North Wales to give the residents of Bridlington a crime holiday.

Rugg, 31, of Great Meadow Road, Bridlington, appeared at Hull Crown Court on Monday for sentence after pleading guilty to breaching his Anti Social Behaviour Order for the sixth time.

Crown barrister Richard Thompson said Rugg’s ASBO required he should not behave in a way which may cause alarm or distress.

But while waiting for his brother to come out of a house in Trinity Road, Bridlington, with his mobile phone, Rugg became agitated and was observed by neighbours clenching his fists, and swearing in the street.

He ran into the door and began hammering on it with his fists and his forearms, in the full view of people in the street.

Rugg handed himself into the police the next day and admitted he was present in Trinity Road.

In 2008 Rugg was jailed for 10 months after an unprovoked street attack on a nightclub doorman on Driffield Show day.

In November 2005 he broke in to the Forum in Bridlington three days after a drunken assault on a kebab salesman at the Bodrum takeaway when he did not want to pay for his kebab. For burglary and assault he was jailed for 16 months.

In December 2007 he was jailed for 16 weeks for attempting to hit one police officer and head butting another. His criminal career includes 92 offences of theft and dishonesty.

His barrister, Paul Norton, said Rugg’s long-standing alcohol problem was not behind his latest breach of his ASBO, which he described as a relatively low level public order.

Since his last prison sentence for 12 months he has been doing his best to remain sober.

“His departure from Bridlington will be a great benefit to the residents of Bridlington and to Mr Rugg himself,” said Mr Norton.

He said family relatives in Wales ran various businesses including one in fishing, which Rugg has experience of.

Recorder Rachim Singh ordered Rugg should live at an address in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, as a part of a four-month suspended prison sentence effective for 12 months.

He told him: “You are clearly a nuisance to the residents of Bridlington and have breached your ASBO on five occasions.

“This was the sixth. No matter what the courts do to you, you do not learn your lesson. I hope I am not passing a nuisance to Wales. Clearly they will not thank me for that.

“I am going to give you an opportunity to start a new life. Please grab that opportunity with both hands. Catch the first train out of here and don’t come back.”

Rugg who has a partner of three years, was given 24 hours to say goodbye in Bridlington, pick up cash and clothes before heading off to Anglesy.