A 42-year-old man who missed his probation service appointment was also late for court.

Peter Hodgetts of Stanley Road, Worcester admitted the breach of a court order when he appeared late at the city's crown court yesterday.

Hodgetts failed to attend a probation service appointment on September 17 or provide acceptable evidence to cover his absence within five working days.

Judge Jim Tindal said: "You're a bit late this afternoon." "Sorry" said Hodgetts from the dock.

Because he admitted the breach, the probation service were willing to continue working with him. The judge imposed a short curfew to mark the breach.

The one month curfew will be between 7pm and 7am daily.

The judge said this was his second breach, warning him that if he breached again he was 'very likely to go to prison'.

Hodgetts, who is receiving support from Willowdene which provides alcohol and drug rehabilitation, was also ordered to pay costs of £110.