Mirfield teenager given ASBO

Release Date: 17-Jun-2010
A 15-year old from Mirfield has been given an antisocial behaviour order and may face more legal action in the future.

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) applied for the order against Joshua Green, of Taylor Hall Lane, for repeated and sustained antisocial behaviour that included the use of foul and abusive language and threats to neighbours.

The order, which was granted at Batley and Dewsbury Magistrates Court on 10 June 2010, forbids Green from:

• Acting or encouraging or inciting another to act in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress within the area of Kirklees.
• Entering or staying within the London Park estate, except when leaving or returning to his home
• Being in a group of three or more people in a public place with the area of Kirklees whose behaviour is likely to cause another person to fear for their safety
• Approaching or communicating or harassing any witnesses.

However, Green breached the order the same day and was arrested. If he is found not to have a reasonable excuse, he faces a possible prison sentence, fine, or both.

Paul Buckley, KNH's Director of Operations, said “Antisocial behaviour is an issue all over the country and in every kind of community. Although 99% of our tenants want to just get on with their lives and be good neighbours, we do have a minority who seem determined to cause trouble.

““The support of witnesses made it much easier to take this case to court and I’d like to thank everyone who has helped KNH get this result. I’d like to assure them that we won’t hesitate to act again if Green causes any more trouble.”

Cllr Shabir Pandor, the Cabinet member responsible for housing, said: “We take antisocial behaviour very seriously and we will take action over perpetrators who think they can terrorise neighbourhoods at the expense of people who are peaceful and law abiding citizens.''

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