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Fracas in Haverhill hotel lands man a stint in prison

A man will spend 28 days in prison after he pushed a police officer following complaints from staff at a Haverhill hotel that he was being drunk and disorderly.

Matthew Banks, 31, unemployed, of no fixed address, appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, February 5, where he admitted assault by beating of an emergency worker and using abusive behaviour.

He was also ordered by magistrates to pay £122 compensation.

Travelodge in Haverhill. Picture by Steve Barton
Travelodge in Haverhill. Picture by Steve Barton

On Monday, February 3 officers from Essex Police were called by staff at Travelodge hotel in Phoenix Road, after Banks was swearing in the bar area.

He was told he would no longer be served alcohol by workers.

He went back to his hotel room and officers attended, according to an Essex police spokesperson to "simply give him words of advice".

However, while the officers were leaving, Banks started becoming abusive about his room television.

The spokesperson added that officers were told that Banks’ stay at the hotel had been terminated and that he then pushed a police officer while he was in the process of collecting his belongings.

Inspector Joanne Molyneyx, of Braintree's Local Policing Team, said “Banks had his hotel stay terminated because of his behaviour but has since received an extended stay in prison for his actions.

“We attended the hotel to give some words of advice and we were trying to help him when he pushed one of our officers.

"This is not acceptable.

“His actions in the hotel cost him his room, a fine and time locked in a prison cell.”

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