COLCHESTER: A man described by police as a ‘prolific offender’ has been jailed and given a four-year criminal behaviour order for threatening and harassing police officers.
Appearing at Chelmsford Crown Court on 31st October, 21-year-old Kieran Hibble was previously jailed for eight months for dangerous driving, one month for fraudulently using a registration document and three months for driving while disqualified.
Hibble has also been banned from driving for a period of 30 months.
The four-year behaviour order will come into effect when Hibble is released from prison.
Hibble, unemployed from Rawlings Crescent in Colchester, received one month concurrent sentences for two counts of using abusive and threatening behaviour and three months for harassment at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 5th November.
Chief Inspector Shaun Kane, district commander for Colchester, said: “This conviction sends a clear message to people like Hibble who want to abuse officers that their actions will not be tolerated and they will be put before a court.
“Hibble thought he could target the very people who help protect and save others. His actions were despicable and brazen. The community behaviour order given to him will now significantly restrict his access to Colchester town centre and any breach will see him promptly put before the courts.
“Both PCSOs acted with the upmost control and composure when faced with this unprovoked abuse and intimidation and I am immensely proud of their actions.”
Under the terms of the four-year criminal behaviour order, Hibble is banned from harassing, assaulting, abusing or intimidating any person, including members of the emergency services.
Furthermore, he must not pester, cause annoyance or disturb people in Colchester town centre and is banned from entering the town centre between 4pm and 8am from Monday to Sunday unless travelling through in any vehicle.
Hibble is also banned from making contact with police officers and staff unless it is in the discharge of their duty.
Police said in a statement: “On Sunday, August 19, two PCSOs were at St John’s car park when Hibble began filming and became abusive towards them. Four days later he sent a private message and photograph to the same officer directly through her social media profile.
“On Sunday, September 2, two PCSOs were walking in Colchester town centre when he became aggressive and pushed his chest into one of them. He then swore and gestured towards him.
“Hibble was stopped having been pursued by police along the Avenue of Remembrance, Colchester.”
“Weaving in and out of traffic, he drove dangerously and collided with an innocent member of public riding a motorcycle. This occurred at around 7am on April 19.”