YOB BANNED: Man assaulted council security guard and took up ‘boxing stance’

Mark Lane, 50, has been given anti-social behaviour injunction.
Mark Lane, 50, has been given anti-social behaviour injunction.

A Worksop man has been slapped with an anti-social behaviour injunction after assaulting a security guard.

Mark Lane, 50, of Plantation Hill, struck a security guard in the face at Bassetlaw District Council offices and then took up a ‘boxing stance’ after being asked to stop using foul and abusive language in a public area.

As a result of the incident, Lane has also been banned from entering the district council offices on Potter Street in Worksop.

Councillor Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “The council does not tolerate verbal or physical abuse of its staff, contractors, or allow behaviour that may intimidate members of the public. As has been demonstrated through this incident, we will take the appropriate action through the courts should anyone carry out behaviour of this nature.”

The court was told that Lane visited the council’s offices to seek housing advice. However, during the course of this visit he became aggressive and abusive in the reception area of the offices.

Lane was asked by a security guard to stop using foul and abusive language in a public area, in front of other members of the public who were visitors to the building, at which point he swung around and struck the security guard in the face.

Lane then adopted a ‘boxing stance’ and tried to entice the security guard into a fight while continuing to use foul and abusive language. Lane was then restrained and escorted off the premises.

District Judge Davies imposed the injunction at Mansfield County Court on May 23 which means Lane is now prevented from entering an exclusion zone around Potter Street.

The order will remain in force until May 23 2017 and, should Lane breach the order, he could be arrested.

Lane was also ordered to pay the council costs of £1,009.90.

Coun Leigh added: “Mr Lane’s actions were indefensible and he will now be forced to abide by the conditions set out in this injunction.”