Serial Sunderland nuisance Mark Herron - arrested more than 500 TIMES - slapped with THREE-YEAR BAN from McDonald's restaurant

Serial Sunderland nuisance Mark Herron has been banned from a McDonald's restaurant in the city for three years because of his bad behaviour.

Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 12:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 1:38 pm
Mark Herron has been arrested more than 500 times.

Northumbria Police said the 52-year-old has exhausted their resources and caused misery to businesses with his offending dating back to 1995.

His actions – which have led to more than 500 arrests – have included assaulting and threatening staff in McDonald’s, in Roker Retail Park, and being drunk and disorderly across the city.

Now, after numerous short-term custodial sentences and referrals to assist with his alcohol misuse, Herron has been subjected to a court order that demands him to clean up his act.

Mark Herron has been banned from McDonald's, in Roker Retail Park, for three years

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Herron, of Grosvenor Street, Sunderland, has been given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) until October 2022 which forces him to work with Wear Recovery to address his alcohol issues.

The order requires Herron to attend all appointments as set out in a treatment programme and cooperate fully, or face re-arrest and possible imprisonment.

He is also banned from setting foot in McDonald’s, in Roker Retail Park, for three years.

Inspector Donald Wade, of Northumbria Police, said: “Mark Herron’s offending has been frequent and widespread and often his behaviour has been intrinsically linked with his alcohol abuse.

“He has been a drain on police resources for some time and his violent and aggressive behaviour has brought misery to the people of Sunderland.

“Since 2015, he has been arrested on a number of occasions because of his anti-social behaviour at McDonald’s on Roker Retail Park, and he was handed a suspended sentence earlier this year for assaulting a member of staff.

“But Herron has not learnt his lesson and the public should not have to endure his shocking behaviour any longer. This order is a final opportunity for Herron to clean up his act and get his life back on track.

“The conditions of this order compel him to engage with a dedicated service that can help him overcome his alcohol misuse, and by putting strict conditions on Herron’s movements, we hope to restrict his behaviour and protect those most affected by his recent actions.

“If Herron ignores any of the conditions of this order, we will not hesitate to arrest him and put him back in front of the courts, who will then have greater powers to deal with him.”

Northumbria Police said the order is the first obtained by its Southern Harm Reduction Unit, which tackles alcohol and drug-fuelled crime and disorder across Sunderland and South Tyneside as part of its duties.

Herron received the three-year order after appearing before magistrates in South Tyneside on October 1 for a contested CBO hearing.

The court was told Herron's behaviour had shown no sign of improvement in recent months, with alcohol misuse an overriding factor in his prolific offending.

Magistrates subjected Herron to a CBO until 2022.