Teeager will wear Asbo as badge of honour

PUBLISHED: 14:11 18 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010

The magistrates court agreed to release a photograph of Dunsmore in the hope of reducing his offending. Photo: SUPPLIED

The magistrates court agreed to release a photograph of Dunsmore in the hope of reducing his offending. Photo: SUPPLIED

A 13-year-old who ripped the bell off the Staploe Medical Centre in Soham and threw it at a CCTV camera was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order this week. And despite magistrates being told that Kieran Dunsmore would wear the order as a badge of honour

A 13-year-old who ripped the bell off the Staploe Medical Centre in Soham and threw it at a CCTV camera was given an Anti Social Behaviour Order this week.

And despite magistrates being told that Kieran Dunsmore would wear the order "as a badge of honour", Ely magistrates have agreed that the public needs to know about the ASBO restrictions placed on the teenager, and why they were given.

"The criminal damage at the medical centre was one of many incidents of anti-social behaviour," said presiding magistrate Harvey Harrison at Ely youth court on Thursday.

"Concern has been expressed about him seeing it as a badge of honour, and its effect on his family, but public knowledge will help reduce the commission of further offences."

As part of the sentencing exercise, the teenager was also given a three-month electronic tagging order, requiring him to be indoors every night between 7pm and 7am, and a three-month action plan.

Under the terms of the ASBO, Dunsmore, of Lapwing Way, Soham, must not:

* Enter the grounds of any educational premises in Soham unless specifically required to attend.

* Enter the grounds of Staploe Medical Centre, Soham, unless requiring to visit the premises as a patient, or assisting a patient.

* Be away from home between 9pm and 6am until his 15th birthday, unless with his mother's permission, or when electronically tagged.

* Be in possession of alcohol, or drink alcohol, in a public place in Soham or Ely.

* Engage in any behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress to others; or is threatening, abusive or insulting to others, in Soham or Ely.

Prosecutor Angela Sassoli told how Kieran was seen on CCTV as he ripped the bell of the Soham medical centre between 9.30pm and 10.30pm on October 13. When arrested, he told police he had been drinking; he had an argument and took out his frustration on the doorbell.

The teenager's mother said the youngster would be proud of his ASBO, and wear it as a badge of honour.

Anti-Social Behaviour Coordinator Brian Tully said publicising the teenager's ASBO would act for the good of the community, and act as a deterrent.

The teenager was ordered to pay £20 compensation and £55 costs.


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