ELY: Youth court sets tough conditions on ASBO handed out to 13 year-old boy

AN anti social behaviour order has been given to a 13-year-old boy from Ely.John Stone-Parker was handed the two-year order on Wednesday at Cambridge Juvenile Court, sitting at Cambridge Magistrates Court.It prohibits Stone-Parker from:* Being carrie

AN anti social behaviour order has been given to a 13-year-old boy from Ely.

John Stone-Parker was handed the two-year order on Wednesday at Cambridge Juvenile Court, sitting at Cambridge Magistrates' Court.

It prohibits Stone-Parker from:

* Being carried on a motor-scooter or motor-cycle.


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* Going onto anyone's property without permission

* Possessing or consuming alcohol in public

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* Engaging in any behaviour which causes nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to others; or is threatening, abusive or insulting to others in Ely

Brian Tully, anti-social behaviour co-ordinator for East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership, said: "ASBOs are designed to be preventative, not punitive.

"We want to bring an end to the episodes of anti-social behaviour for which John Stone-Parker has been responsible, and which have disrupted life for residents of Ely.

"The restrictions imposed by the court are intended to provide protection to people who should be able go about their everyday business without the unpleasantness of encountering, or being the victims of, anti-social behaviour.

Mr Tully added: "I hope he will respond positively to the order, and see it as a turning point in his life. The consequence of failing to comply can be serious. Breach of an ASBO is a criminal offence, and can result in a significant financial penalty, or imprisonment."

The order was welcomed by John Yates, chairman of the Ely Neighbourhood Panel, a quarterly public consultation event. He said: "Anti-social behaviour in Ely has been identified as a policing priority at successive neighbourhood panel meetings.

"Anti-social behaviour is simply not welcome in Ely and the neighbourhood panel process recognised the need to address this particular concern.

"We have invested in facilities for young people and I believe that young and old can co-exist happily. But we will support enforcement action, such as this ASBO, when it is appropriate. I hope this will make a significant contribution to improving his neighbourhood."

Any breach of the order should be reported to police on 0845 456 456 4.

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