Man is not allowed to send messages in social media to women he does not know.

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Anthony Austin Kain McNulty, 30, of Regent Street, had already spent four months in prison when he was served a six-year Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) in Crewe Magistrates Court on Friday.

A runcorn man was forbidden to contact women who do not know him through social media.

A court order prohibited the 30-year-old runcorn man from making unwanted contact.

Under the CBO, McNulty is prohibited from contacting women who do not know him through social media, refusing to leave a building in Cheshire if asked to do so, or engaging in antisocial behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress anywhere in Cheshire.

A spokesperson for the emergency services said the incident represented an escalation of McNulty’s long-term insults and prompted PC Chris Roberts to make a CBO request on behalf of Halton’s problem resolution team.

The Cheshire Constabulary said McNulty had been sent downstairs on Friday 25 September for his latest offence, a matter of “public order”, which occurred in a runcorn gym on Tuesday 28 January.

Violations of the CBO are punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years.

It will be six years.

“They will be applied for separately to prosecute crimes as a last resort.

After the court hearing, PC Roberts said: “CBOs are preventive orders with strict restrictions imposed to deter persistent offenders from committing further crimes.

“In the Anthony McNulty case, he committed a number of public order offences against women.

“There comes a point when one must say enough is enough and take additional measures to protect members of the public.

“His offense has had a significant impact on his victims, and he has persistently shown no consideration for the impact of his unacceptable behavior on others.

He added: “No one should be subjected to such behavior or feel threatened or intimidated by the actions of others.

“I am pleased that the CBO petition for McNulty has been approved by the Crewe Magistrates Court and I hope it will have the desired effect and prevent him from committing further crimes after his release from custody.

“Such behaviour will not be tolerated and we will use all means at our disposal to ensure that Halton is a pleasant place to live, work and visit.

“The sanctions imposed for this can be severe, with a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, and I am pleased to say that the number of offences in Cheshire has been significantly reduced compared to those subject to a CBO.

“It has been brought to his attention that it is an offence to violate the terms of a CBO.

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