ASBO girl Roxanne opens a new chapter in her life

Roxanne Taylor, holding baby Lily-Mae, says she is pleased she was handed an ASBO as it has helped her turn her life around. She is pictured with SKDC's Mel Sinnott and Yvonne Ancliffe.
Roxanne Taylor, holding baby Lily-Mae, says she is pleased she was handed an ASBO as it has helped her turn her life around. She is pictured with SKDC's Mel Sinnott and Yvonne Ancliffe.
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BAD girl turned good Roxanne Taylor has managed to keep out of trouble since she was slapped with an ASBO.

A year on, Roxanne, now 16, is looking to the future and concentrating on bringing up her eight-week-old baby daughter, Lily-Mae.

The teenager says she left her bad ways behind her after Grantham magistrates issued her with the two-year anti-social behaviour order at the request of South Kesteven District Council.

The order followed months of causing harassment and alarm to members of the public.

Roxanne, of Greenhill Road, Grantham, puts her U-turn down to the birth of her baby girl and the support of the local youth offending team.

She said: “I’m glad I got the punishment I got because I needed it. I was doing stupid stuff and acting like a kid.

“What helped me the most was working with Youth Offending. They helped me see things differently.

“Then I got pregnant and everything changed. Motherhood is really good, but hard and tiring.”

Roxanne’s mum, Carol, worked with SKDC to get an ASBO placed on her daughter.

Carol said: “If someone had told me a year ago that we’d be doing what we’re doing now, that Roxanne would be going back to school and keeping out of trouble, I would have laughed.

“We had a lot of grief from a lot of people, but they can now see she’s turned her life around.”

The ASBO, which expires in February 2012, banned Roxanne from entering the town centre unless accompanied by a parent or sister, and prevented her from entering the grounds of The Priory Ruskin Academy (Manthorpe site) or being in the company of another troubled teen who was also handed an ASBO.

After seeing a dramatic improvement in Roxanne’s behaviour, SKDC’s anti-social behavior co-ordinator Yvonne Ancliffe applied for a change to the conditions which will allow her into the town centre unaccompanied.

Yvonne said: “Roxanne has actively been working with ourselves, the youth offending team and other agencies to stop her committing further offences. This has made a huge difference to her behaviour and her life.”