AN alcoholic who interrupted church services and begged parishioners for money has been slapped with an antisocial behaviour order.
Now Raymond Warren, 49, of Cross Green, Leeds, is banned from entering St Patrick’s RC Church in New North Road, Huddersfield, for two years.
The order also applies to the streets surrounding the historic church.
Huddersfield magistrates yesterday issued the order after hearing about a string of antisocial incidents in and around the Catholic church between February and June 28.
The court heard Warren had interrupted the church’s Easter Sunday service by talking loudly and had to be escorted outside.
The court was told Warren had begged congregants for money outside the church before and after services and had prevented parishioners leaving through the main entrance.
Magistrates heard Warren, who has a long history of alcohol abuse, had already breached an Asbo imposed in Leeds in November 2007.
That order had been issued to prevent him entering Leeds Cathedral.
The court had heard he had again been begging and demanding money from worshippers using the Cathedral.
The court heard Warren was too drunk to attend court yesterday.
Court officials refused to allow him to attend the hearing yesterday afternoon.
The order was served on him after the hearing by officials and by his solicitor.
Warren was said to have made around £44 a day from her persistent begging.
Geoff Bell, prosecuting for Kirklees Council, said: “The order is necessary to maintain the status quo and keep him from entering there.
“A two-year order should have the necessary effect.
“Hopefully he won’t seek to come back after that time.”
Two other antisocial behaviour order cases were adjourned by Huddersfield magistrates yesterday.
Katherine Beaumont, 58, of West End Road, Golcar, is accused of abusive and threatening behaviour on her street between February and June.
She is alleged to have subjected her neighbours to five months of verbal threats, harassment and intimidation.
One young girl was allegedly threatened with a spear and she is also said to have directly threatened young children and reduced them to tears.
Huddersfield magistrates handed her an interim anti-social behaviour order last month but yesterday, the full hearing was adjourned until November 16.
The second case was against David Bentley, 49, of Bath Street, Huddersfield, who is accused of abusive and threatening behaviour at Huddersfield Open Market between February and July.
Bentley, who used to own a stall at the Kirklees Council-run market, denies all the allegations. His case was adjourned until October 6.