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Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Thug banned from every pub in Carlisle's Botchergate

A man who sparked a disturbance after refusing to leave a Carlisle bar has been banned from all pubs in Botchergate.

John Eplett photo
John Eplett

It took up to four door staff to physically remove John Eplett from Botchergate bar Time, magistrates heard.

And his behaviour was so aggressive that police had to restrain the 20-year-old on the ground and handcuff him before arresting him.

Eplett, of Dowbeck Road, in the Wigton Road area of Carlisle, pleaded guilty to committing the public order offence during the early hours of December 27.

But his solicitor said Elpett wanted to get his life on-track after a troubled youth and, until this incident, had “kept his head down” and stayed out of trouble for several months.

The court heard that police were alerted, via the Pubwatch radio link, that Eplett and 10 friends were refusing to leave Time – the only venue still open – after being asked to at about 3am.

Prosecutor Adrienne Harris said: “Eplett had threatened to kick-off if he was made to leave.”

During the struggle to make him leave the venue, he knocked into two women at the front of a queue of about 30 people waiting to get in.

Licensees had already banned Eplett from bars involved in Carlisle’s Pubwatch scheme.

He has been on that list since he was 18.

The Crown Prosecution Service, on behalf of Cumbria police, asked if that could now be strengthened by a court-issued exclusion order, making it a crime for him to enter pubs.

Claire Kirkpatrick, defending Eplett, said: “He accepts his behaviour then fell far below what it should have been.

“He is nearly 21. His friends have settled down.

“He also wants to settle down and prove he can do that.”

She added that Eplett hoped to appeal against his Pubwatch ban.

Magistrates banned him from entering all licensed premises in Botchergate, but not those in Englishgate Plaza, for the next six months.

They also ordered him to pay an £85 fine plus a £15 victim surcharge and £43 towards court costs.

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Why must we be constantly subjected to these hard luck stories, they rarely wish to get their lives back on track as they are more than happy with the one they have. They say what they need to say to avoid real punishment. Its a game and one they have been playing all of their lives. Why does it need to be glorified?

Posted by Carol on 22 January 2009 at 16:19

john is the son of a well known soccer bad boy hooligan........need more be said

Posted by anon on 19 January 2009 at 03:18

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