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A MAN escaped going to jail for breaching a community order.

Michael Peter Powell, 35, of Trinity Road, Bridlington, admitted failing to attend meetings with the probation service on February 10 and September 6 this year while he was still the subject of a four months prison sentence, suspended for two years in September last year for offences including assault.

Lesley Stevens for the probation service told last Wednesday’s Bridlington magistrates court Powell had readily admitted the breaches, on one occasion said he had simply forgotten and on the other he had been to visit a friend in the West Riding and failed to notify the service.

“This is his first breach and he has worked hard throughout the community order and we feel he would benefit by completing the rest of the programme,” she said.

Powell, who was unrepresented, apologised to the probation service and the court for wasting their time and told the bench: “I promise something like this will not occur again.”

Chair of the bench Mrs Sheila Macnab ruled the order should continue but with an additional five days, and ordered he pay £40 costs.