A serial offender who assaulted a woman in Ross and was arrested in the town in possession of cannabis the following day has been jailed for 40 weeks after repeatedly breaching a criminal behaviour order.

Mark Hambling, prosecuting, told Hereford magistrates that Andrew Mills, aged 39, had also used threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause another person to believe that unlawful violence would be used against them in Ross on the same day as the assault, October 26.

Mills, now of Bleathwood, Ludlow, was in breach of a suspended sentence and a three-year criminal behaviour order after a number of anti-social offences, including against emergency services, the public and businesses.

The order imposed in April prohibited him from calling 999 services and swearing or being abusive and threatening in a public place.

He was also banned from Hereford City centre streets and county hospital buildings.

Mills admitted breaching a criminal behaviour order, assault by beating, using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour, and possessing a controlled drug.