A TEENAGE tearaway aged just 14 years old has been handed an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) following years of terrorising a Grantham estate.
Bullying tactics used by Casey Page, of Tamar Court, Grantham, left a number of residents in the Earlesfield estate fearful of leaving their homes. His horrendous behaviour included swearing, threatening and intimidating people, from young children to pensioners.
Giving the teenager a two-year ASBO - the youngest recipient of an order in the entire district - was the last resort, say teams from Lincolnshire Police and South Kesteven District Council’s community safety team which have been working to reduce ASB on the estate for some years.
ASB officer Mel Sinnott and housing officer Angela Ridsdale were involved in the operation. They found Page to be persistently involved in behaviour which was having a profoundly negative effect on the community.
Ms Sinnott said: “Casey has been committing anti-social behaviour on the Earlesfield estate for a number of years. This has included harassment, alarm and distress to a considerable number of residents.
“His behaviour has escalated in spite of considerable help from a number of local agencies.
“Now Casey has strict boundaries to adhere to within the terms of his ASBO, I hope he will be able to begin a new chapter in his life.”
The ASBO application was made jointly by SKDC and Lincolnshire Police to Grantham magistrates last Wednesday. Ms Sinnott has thanked the “brave” residents of the Earlesfield estate for making statements which assisted in the success of the application.
She said: “The community safety team would like to thank all those people who shared their experiences with us and were brave enough to make statements about their suffering at the hands of this young teen. Without their help this outcome would not have been possible.
“We hope that the residents can now enjoy some respite from the distress they have been caused.”
Grantham police inspector Gary Stewart added: “We hope this demonstrates that ourselves and our partners listen to the concerns of local residents and act on them.
“It is really important that people living in the area are aware of the restrictions imposed on this young man and report any breaches so that we can enforce the order robustly and make it work for local people.”
Page will be subject to the ASBO until September 18, 2014, and must obey all conditions stated in the order.
If the teenager is found guilty of breaching the civil order - a criminal offence - he could face up to five years in detention or a hefty fine.
Conditions stated in the order are:
1.He must not enter a specified area of the Earlesfield area of Grantham (shown on the map).
2.He must not enter the West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s footpath between Trent Road and The Grove.
3.He must not have possession of alcohol in a public place in Grantham in a container which is either open or on which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken.
4.He must not be in the company of any person who has possession of alcohol in a public place in Grantham which is in a container which is open or one which the manufacturer’s seal has been broken.
5.He must not be in the company of two named individuals in any public place in Grantham.
6.He must not speak to or gesticulate towards a list of 16 people (whose names cannot be published) or any person in their company.
l If you see Page breaching his order, contact the police on non-emergency number 101.
l Victims of anti-social behaviour can call the SKDC community safety team on 0800 183 0279.