A lout who attacked a police officer and is banned from parts of a town is now back in jail after repeatedly snubbing an order to stop his spree of crime.

Stephen Sheridan has been a persistent menace around his community and his behaviour got so bad that a ruling was needed to keep him away from areas of Widnes for half a decade.

The 49-year-old, barred from a particular Wetherspoons pub, was again put behind bars on Thursday after his offending threatened to spiral once more.

Twice, Sheridan was released from prison in recent months, but on each occasion, he went and broke the law on the same day.

Firstly, after becoming a free man on April 1, he travelled to Ellesmere Port and was arrested for breaching the peace at a bail hostel.

And then, last Wednesday, he was again released from jail, but was immediately in trouble again by visiting an address in Widnes he is banned from.

The Premier on Albert Road in Widnes.

Each time, a Criminal Behaviour Order was in place that prohibited Sheridan from acting in the manner he did.

His initial offence, for which he was locked up in January, was for attacking a police officer and a racially aggravated public order offence.

Now, the one-time Wetherspoons drinker has been jailed, again, on Thursday, for 27 weeks.

That was for breaching criminal behaviour and restraining orders.

It was heard how Sheridan was drunk when he committed the breaches.

He must a £128 victim surcharge, imposed by Warrington Magistrates Court.

Albert Road in Widnes.

His Criminal Behaviour Order will remain in force when he was released from jail.

Among the limitations on Sheridan's movements are bans from not attending the particular Wetherspoons in Widnes, not contacting a former partner, not having any unsealed container of alcohol in a public place, and not acting anti-socially, anywhere, in the whole of Cheshire.

Previously, Cheshire Police have said of Sheridan: "Criminal Behaviour Orders are preventative orders which are designed to stop individuals committing further anti-social behaviour and criminal offences.

"They are only ever applied for and imposed as a last resort.

“In the case of Stephen Sheridan, I felt that a CBO was needed to combat his escalating offending and address his issues with alcohol.

“His offending has had a significant impact on members of the Widnes community and he has persistently shown no consideration at all for the effects his unacceptable behaviour has had on others.

“No-one should be subjected to such behaviour, or feel threatened or intimidated by the actions of other people, and we will use whatever powers we have at our disposal to ensure that Widnes is a pleasant place to live, work and visit.

“Breaching the terms of a CBO is a criminal offence."