A DRUNK has finally been jailed after repeatedly breaching an injunction banning him from boozing in the town centre.

Paul Hillier, 51, of Groves Street, Rodbourne, was sentenced to 41 weeks at Swindon County Court for flouting the anti-social behaviour injunction preventing him from being in certain parts of the town centre, drinking outdoors and swearing at the public.

He failed to attend the court hearing, was convicted in his absence and now faces the next five months in jail after he was picked up on a warrant.

Welcoming the lengthy jail time, PC Paul Bezzant said: “This is a substantial sentence and we hope it sends a clear message that we will use the enforcement powers available to us to act swiftly and combat problems.”

Coun Cathy Martyn, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for housing and public safety, said: "People's safety is one of our priorities and I welcome the judgement and sentence in this case.”