Cur­few al­tered for gui­tarist to play char­ity gigs

Macclesfield Express - - DRUGS MENACE - KAREN BRITTON

AGUITARIST has been al­lowed to change his cur­few twice in two weeks to al­low him to play gigs – in­clud­ing one to mark the Queen’s birth­day.

Roger Ainsworth, 51, was fit­ted with an elec­tronic tag and banned from leav­ing his home be­tween 7pm and 7am ev­ery day for three months af­ter ad­mit­ting as­sault­ing a po­lice con­sta­ble and be­ing drunk and dis­or­derly on Ivy Road, Mac­cles­field last Septem­ber.

Ainsworth, of Brans­dale Way, Mac­cles­field, who plays guitar in band Se­lect Com­mit­tee and other groups, went back to Mac­cles­field Mag­is­trates court ear­lier this month and mag­is­trates agreed to change his cur­few to al­low him to leave his home on Thurs­day evenings to go to band prac­tice.

Now just two weeks later the court has agreed to change his cur­few again – this time to play gigs.

The change was in time for a char­ity gig at a pub for the Queen’s 90th birth­day on Satur­day.

Mag­is­trates set a new cur­few which does not in­cludes week­ends. Ainsworth must stay at home from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day be­tween 7pm and 7am for 16 weeks.

His band man­ager John O’Con­nor told mag­is­trates about a se­ries of up­com­ing gigs Ainsworth is due to play. He said the gigs raise a lot of money for char­ity.

Mr O’Con­nor said: “We’ve got obli­ga­tions and book­ings and Roger is para­mount to the band.

“He’s a very tal­ented gui­tarist and we can’t do the book­ings with­out him.

“We do con­certs for Teenage Can­cer Trust and Roger is in­volved in an­other project I started six-and-a-half years ago called Loose Change Buskers which has raised £25,000 for Can­cer Re­search.

“I run a tight ship and good be­hav­iour is para­mount. We have a gig this Satur­day at the Uni­corn in Dean Row for the Queen’s birth­day and we’re go­ing to let a lot of peo­ple down if Roger can’t make it.”

Mag­is­trates told Ainsworth they would hon­our his re­quest be­cause the gigs raise money for char­ity. The chair­man of the bench said: “We’ve heard about the good work you do play­ing in a band rais­ing money for char­i­ties.

“Th­ese are pre­booked con­certs and we would not wish to hin­der that work.

“We feel it’s im­por­tant the in­ten­tion of the orig­i­nal cur­few as pun­ish­ment is up­held so the new cur­few adds up to same amount of time.

“There should be no need for you to come back to court to ask to vary it again.”

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