A MAN led police officers on a chase after he was caught flouting a town centre ban.

Michael Jones, 26, was slapped with a three-year ban from Bognor town centre by magistrates in March.

But police caught the Bognor High Street resident flouting the ban twice in four days in June.

On June 8 Jones was spotted leaving a property in a street he was banned from.

When he knew he was rumbled, he ran off and jumped over a fence but was quickly arrested by officers.

Four days earlier he had been caught in Lennox Street, where he was not allowed, by an officer on patrol.

The Argus: Jones was caught in Lennox Street by an officer on patrol on June 4Jones was caught in Lennox Street by an officer on patrol on June 4

Appearing at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, Jones was jailed for eight months for breaching the ban, known as a criminal behaviour order.

Sussex Police prevention inspector for Arun Jason Parry said he was pleased Jones had been punished for his “poor behaviour”.

“Jones showed complete disregard for the order issued to him from the courts and we welcome the sentence he has been given,” he said.

“I am pleased the courts have acknowledge this poor behaviour by breaching it so soon after it was issued.

“This behaviour is unacceptable and we will continue to utilise the powers available to us to ensure this behaviour is prevented.

“The orders are available for persistent and repeat offenders whose behaviour continually impacts the community.”