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17-YEAR-OLD SENT TO DETENTION FOR BREACH OF INTERIM ASBO

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Manchester City Council has achieved another first in its battle against ...
Manchester City Council has achieved another first in its battle against

yob behaviour. A 17-year-old who breached his interim anti-social

behaviour order by threatening to burn down a witness's home has been

sentenced to a six month detention and training order at Manchester

magistrates court.

Aaron Henshaw was also placed on a full anti-social behaviour order following his conviction and sentence for the breach.

Breach of an ASBO - whether an interim or a full one - is a criminal

offence, punishable by a maximum six month jail sentence at a magistrates

court or five years at a higher court.

In evidence submitted to the court, it was stated that Henshaw had phoned

the woman witness on her mobile phone to make the arson threat last month.

The order itself was made on the basis of verbal abuse and obscene comments

outside the Talisman pub on Portway earlier in August. It was claimed that

Henshaw and his associates had threatened a man and his wife without any

provocation.

The terms of the order prevent Henshaw from approaching or communicating

with any witnesses, using threatening language or behaviour, threatening to

cause criminal damage, intimidation, or entering Eric Bullows Close and the

Talisman pub or the surrounding area bounded by Portway, Cornishway,

Kingsgate Road and Selstead Road.

The executive member for housing on Manchester City Council,

Basil Curley, said: 'This clearly demonstrates just what can happen to

someone who breaches an order, even at the interim stage. This is the

first time that the breach of an interim order has resulted in a detention

order and should serve as a warning to others who think they are beyond the

law.'

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