The following cases were heard at Reading and Slough Magistrates' Courts

August 25

ANDY MCEWAN, 33, of London Road, Bracknell, convicted of using threatening behaviour with intent to cause a group of children harassment or distress in Bracknell on October 24, 2020. Also convicted of breaching a criminal behaviour order through being drunk in a public place in Bracknell on October 24, 2020. Committed to prison for 18 weeks suspended for 12 months due to the severity of the offence. Must pay court costs of £278.

RICHARD CHIVERTON, 32, of Winkfield Road, Winkfield, admitted driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance on Winkfield Road, Winkfield, on November 25, 2020. Banned from driving for 12 months. Fined £500 and must pay £150 in court fees. 

August 31

PETER HUGHES, 36, of Wokingham Road, Bracknell, admitted theft from a shop, namely theft of food and alcohol from Marks and Spencer in Wokingham on August 27, 2021. Also admitted assault of an emergency worker in Bracknell on the same date. Committed to prison for ten weeks due to previous convictions. Must pay compensation of £186.80. 

September 1

ROLAND GLASS, 41, of Friendship Way, convicted of possession of a baseball bat and a stanley knife on Friendship Way, Bracknell, on August 4, 2020. Admitted possession of cannabis in Bracknell on the same date. Committed to prison for 26 weeks for 12 months. Ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Must pay compensation of £100 and £428 in court fees. 

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