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ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR ORDER FOR YOUTH WHO ISSUED DEATH THREAT TO POLICEMAN

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A 14-year-old youth who issued a death threat to a policeman has been ...
A 14-year-old youth who issued a death threat to a policeman has been

placed on a 10-year Anti-social Behaviour Order by a court in Manchester.

Manchester magistrates' court heard that the incident was one of a long

list of anti-social acts carried out in Hulme over a five-year period.

The court was told the threat, issued in August 2001, was one of a

catalogue 'too numerous to particularise' Williams, currently in custody

at Barton Moss Secure Care Centre, was in court but did not contest the

case. He was accused of assaulting a caretaker at a block of flats, riding

stolen motor-cycles, driving stolen cars in a dangerous manner and at

speed, and intimidating shoppers at a shop in Hulme.

The Anti-Social Behaviour Order bans Williams from acting anti-socially in

the city, using abusive and intimidating language and behaviour,

approaching or threatening witnesses, congregating in a group of more than

three people except his mother and siblings, or driving or being a

passenger in cars or motor-cycles.

He is also banned from associating with other juveniles named in the

order.

Additionally he must not enter the Castlefield School, Hulme Court, St

Georges Court, Wescott Court, Ledburn Court, Royce Court, Duffiled Court,

Fulton Court, Meredith Court, Hornchurch Court and Loxford Court.

District judge Miriam Shelvey said the evidence given showed Williams had

made people's lives a misery, with 30 incidents of criminal and antisocial

behaviour. Some of these included offences which have already resulted in a

number of Detention and Training Orders (to run concurrent) being imposed

on Williams. He is serving the custodial part of these orders for the

following offences:- going equipped for burglary, theft, aggravated taking

of vehicles without Consent, burglary, common assault, and failure to

surrender to custody. Whilst in custody he assaulted another young person

resulting in a further DTO for a period of four months.

Executive member for housing on Manchester City Council, Basil

Curley, said: 'This youth has subjected Hulme and Moss Side residents to a

dreadful campaign of threatening and violent behaviour and intimidation. It

is thanks to the courage of several witnesses we have been able to act

against him. Let this be a warning to anyone who thinks they can get away with

terrorising the local community.'

Inspector John Graves, who is in charge of community policing in Moss Side

and Hulme, said: 'The residents of Hulme and Moss Side should take heart

from this positive outcome. Clearly, young thugs and bullies who engage in

antisocial behaviour and criminality, must not be allowed to ruin the

quality of life for law abiding citizens. It is the decent majority of residents who should establish the levels of acceptable behaviour and conduct, not the yob.

Those who do become the subject of Anti Social Behaviour Orders must

realise that restrictions and conditions will be enforced rigourously by

the police.'

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