Shop ban after threats made by Grantham man against manager

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A man has been banned from a Grantham shop indefinitely after magistrates imposed a restraining order on him for a second time.

The court heard how Martin Hart had previously been subject to a restraining order banning him from entering Costcutter in Hornsby Road but it expired in November.

Hart, of Sycamore Court in Grantham, admitted a public order offence after threatening the manager of the store on November 25.

Kate Hartley, prosecuting, said Hart walked into the shop and began swearing, saying: “You banned me. One day I’m going to smash the shop and smash your car.”

When the manager threatened to call the police Hart said: “Call the police. I’m not going anywhere.”

The court heard how the manager of the store had experienced many problems with Hart. Mrs Hartley said Hart once tried to pay for goods with a forged £20 note, after which he was banned from the shop.

Hart also admitted shop theft after stealing a multi-pack of Toffee Crisps worth £1.49 and possession of cannabis.

Mrs Hartley said: “Green vegetable matter was found concealed in his boxer shorts. He confirmed it was cannabis and it was for his own use.”

Hart was sentenced to a three-month, 7pm to 7am curfew to be monitored electronically, a restraining order banning him from entering Costcutter in Hornsby Road to run indefinitely and he must also pay £1.49 in compensation to B&M Bargains.