Padiham ASBO ‘menace’ 15 taken off streets

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A TEENAGE yob, dubbed “a menace to the residents in Padiham” because of his anti-social behaviour, has been sentenced to a six-month detention and training order for breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.

The 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, breached conditions of the ASBO, imposed in March, on Friday, July 8th, when he was drunk in a public place. He was also found to be in breach of a youth rehabilitation order. He was sentenced at Reedley Youth Court.

The youth first appeared before the Bench at Reedley in April when magistrates were told police in Padiham had dealt with numerous calls about him in the previous 18 months with reports of underage drinking, abuse and intimidation, damage and anti-social behaviour.

Under the conditions imposed by the court the youth was prohibited from acting in an anti-social manner within Burnley and Padiham and from entering or being in a specified area around Padiham town centre, other than when in company with an adult family member between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. He was also ordered not to have any alcohol on him or be drunk in a public place.

Neighbourhood policing team officers applied for the court order after talks with Burnley Council’s Community Safety Partnership.

PCs Rob Grey and Dave Pascoe, who worked with the public to secure the initial ASBO, thanked residents for providing evidence to the courts.

PC Pascoe said: “The youth was issued with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order in March and despite the efforts of the police and Youth Offending Team, he chose not to change his behaviour and continued to be a menace to the residents of Padiham.

“A lot of police resources and other agencies’ time has been spent in dealing with him. I would like to thank the residents that came forward to assist the police. Hopefully this will send a message out that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.”