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SIX MONTH PRISON SENTENCE FOR ASBO BREACH

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Bexley Magistrates have sentenced a Bexley man to six months' imprisonment at a young offenders institute for breac...
Bexley Magistrates have sentenced a Bexley man to six months' imprisonment at a young offenders institute for breaching his anti-social behaviour order and an additional two months for criminal damage to run concurrently.

Darren Cooper, from the Bexley area, was one of six individuals who received ASBOs in October 2002 following intensive work undertaken by Bexley Community Safety Partnership to stop the individuals from harassing and intimidating local residents.

On 8 December, Bexley magistrates' court sentenced Cooper to a term of six months and, in doing so, the court acknowledged that a breach of an anti-social behaviour order is a serious offence which can be punishable by a term of imprisonment.

Chair of Bexley's Community Safety Partnership and council leader Chris Ball says: 'Bexley Community Safety Partnership is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and we will continue to challenge behaviour that causes alarm and distress to local residents. As such we welcome the robust stance taken by Bexley magistrates' court in sentencing Darren Cooper to six month's imprisonment for breaching his anti-social behaviour order in the Slade Green area.'

Sergeant Tony Peach, Bexley Police community disorder team adds: 'Breaches of anti-social behaviour orders are a criminal offence and we treat them seriously. We are committed to monitoring those people who have orders against them and will undertake a full investigation of any alleged breach.'

This sentence sends a clear message to any individuals behaving in an anti-social manner or subject to an anti-social behaviour order that such behaviour will not be tolerated.

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