Grantham teenagers given ASBOs to last three years

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Four Grantham teenagers have been given three-year anti-social behaviour orders following incidents in and near the Earlesfield estate.

Cameron Hart, 13, Tom Clawson, 17, Macauley Harman, 15, and Liam Finlow, 15, were part of a campaign of anti-social behaviour in and around the estate, including several incidents that resulted in £5,000 worth of damage at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

The behaviour consisted of verbal abuse, throwing missiles at passers-by and property, shining laser lights at car drivers, theft and damage to jump mats, being obstructive, trespass, damage to doors and shutters and numerous

other acts of vandalism.

In spite of repeated warnings by police and South Kesteven District Council to stop their behaviour, they continued to cause harassment, alarm and distress elsewhere in Grantham town centre and on Dysart Retail Park.

The youths were part of a larger group of teenagers who caused damage and concern to residents and businesses around the town.

The four youths received the three year orders at Grantham Magistrates’ Court on April 9 which stated they must not:

• Engage in conduct which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others or inciting or encouraging others to do so within Grantham

• Enter certain areas within the Earlesfield Estate including Grantham Meres Leisure Centre and Hornsby Road shops

• Be in any public place within the district of South Kesteven with each other and another six youths who cannot be named for legal reasons

The individual conditions can also be checked at ‘Justice Seen Justice Done’ page of SKDC’s website or by ringing SKDC on 01476 40 60 80 or Lincolnshire Police on 101.

SKDC’s business manager for neighbourhoods Mark Jones said: “The pursuance of anti-social behaviour orders is always the last resort but the serious and persistent behaviour meant there was little choice once these young people breached their final warnings.

“As a large group they were intimidating and frightening to members of the public, often using extremely offensive language towards their targets.

“They seemed oblivious to the impact their abuse and actions were having on our communities. People were scared to say anything to them because of the fear of repercussions.

“We will always adopt a proportionate response when dealing with individuals who impact so negatively upon our communities. Educating and encouraging them to modify their behaviour but where that is proving ineffective,

enforcement action will always follow.”

PC Kay McManus from Lincolnshire Police said: “If anyone sees a breach of these conditions set out by the court, police should be contacted on the non-emergency number 101.”

SKDC’s Community Safety Team has worked closely with partner agencies such as Lincolnshire Police, Families Working Together, Housing Associations, Youth Offending Officers, Grantham Meres management, local retail outlets and residents to gain the orders.

SKDC’s Antisocial Behaviour Officer Mel Sinnott added: “There were several other youths who did listen to the warnings we gave them. They stopped their behaviour and stayed away from the places we requested them to.

“They are engaging with us and listening to their warnings of any future enforcement action we could take.”

In addition to the ASBOs, possession proceedings were sought on two SKDC council tenants for the parents’ lack of control of their children.