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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Millom teenager is banned from town

A MILLOM teenager has been given an interim ASBO, banning him from areas of the town.

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ACE From left, Roger Rushton, secretary of Kirkby development committee, and children from Burlington CE School – Carrie Tyson, 10, Will Broome, seven, Matthew Whillance, 11, Rose Hartley, seven – with Kirkby Community Centre secretary and crossing lady at the school, Gail Burns. The centre has been awarded £17,700 to have the tennis courts resurfaced and revamped HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50057150B003

Police have secured the Anti-Social Behaviour Order against Alan Johnston, 19, of Newtown Street, preventing him from entering Market Square, St George’s Road, Lapstone Road, Wellington Street, Nelson Street, Queen Street, Lord Street or Crown Street areas of Millom at any time, except between 9am and 10am each morning.

The teenager is also banned from entering any licensed premises in the Millom and District pubwatch scheme, or contacting either directly or indirectly, any witnesses in the “full” ASBO proceedings.

Any breach of a condition of the interim ASBO, made at Furness and District Magistrates Court, can result in the arrest of Johnston and a sentence of up to five years.

Officers from West Cumbria’s anti-social behaviour unit, Community Safety Department, and Millom Police officers have all worked together to secure this order against Johnston.

A police spokesperson said: “This is an excellent result for the residents of Millom, many of who have been subject to the anti-social and unacceptable behaviour of Johnston.

“This interim Anti-Social Behaviour Order has provided officers with another tool to deal with individuals who disrupt law abiding residents’ lives.

“Cumbria Constabulary’s focus on Neighbourhood Policing is aimed at building confident communities throughout the county. This achievement should be perceived as further re-assurance to members of the public that Cumbria Police are actively dealing with local issues.”

These conditions will remain in place pending a court hearing in mid-June, when a substantive ASBO hearing will take place, which could result in an anti-social behaviour order being imposed.

Anyone with any information relating to any incidents are urged to call Cumbria Police on 0845 33 00 247, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

INCIDENTS of anti-social behaviour in Millom dropped by over 20 percent throughout February.

Under-age drinking, criminal damage, anti-social behaviour and disorder were all issues which were targeted, the operations involved specialist police departments, Copeland and Millom officers, and community support officers.

Compared to the same period last year, April 2006 to February 2007, incidents of anti-social behaviour have reduced by 23.5per cent, with a massive 169 fewer incidents reported.

Acting Insp Wilkinson said: "This reduction in anti-social behaviour evidences the effectiveness of intelligence led patrols, and the positive impact on disorder that is achievable, when members of the public work with the Police, and report incidents and information.”

“We will continue to adopt the methods and tactics which have been used successfully throughout the operations, and we are currently working with partner agencies to further address the underlying causes of anti-social behaviour and related offences within Millom.”

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