16 May 2011>
A Caerphilly county borough boy is the latest to receive an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after a catalogue of anti-social behaviour in and around his community.
Macauley Chiles, aged 14, from Central Avenue, Pantside, Newbridge was given a two year ASBO by Cwmbran Magistrates on 26th April 2011 after a series of anti-social incidents dating back to December 2009.
Chiles frequently displayed anti-social, nuisance and abusive behaviour in and around the Newbridge area of Caerphilly county borough.
Despite numerous interventions as part of the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership's well-established 'four strikes' intervention process, Macauley's behaviour continued.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Order prevents Macauley Chiles, anywhere within the Caerphilly County Borough Council area from:
- Acting or inciting others to act in an anti-social manner, that is to say, a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons, not of the same household
- Throwing any object at any person in a public place
- Shouting at or swearing at any person in a public place
- Lighting a fire on land to which the public has access
- Being present when someone else starts or tries to start a fire in a public place, except when at an event organised by the Council or other public bodies
- Urinating in a public place
- Making obscene hand gestures towards any person in a public place
- Entering Newbridge Leisure Centre or its car park or the astro turf area behind.
Cllr Rob Gough, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said, "I hope the gaining of this Anti-Social Behaviour Order will send out a clear message that behaviour of this type will not be tolerated in Caerphilly county borough".
He continued, "I also hope it will reassure communities that we will continue to use the powers available to us to stop anti-social behaviour, and help improve residents' quality of life".
Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer for Risca Neighbourhood Policing Team, Karen Gifford, said: "Macauley Chiles' abusive, nuisance behaviour was having a huge impact on the quality of life of residents in the area. Without this order his behaviour would have escalated".
She continued, "The ASBO was a necessary move that will now resolve an issue that has been going on for over a year. We have a commitment within Gwent Police to work with our partners and tackle anti-social behaviour – if you are a victim of anti-social behaviour, please make it your priority to contact Gwent Police immediately."
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership is a multi-agency organisation, whose statutory bodies are Caerphilly County Borough Council, Gwent Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Gwent Police Authority and Wales Probation Trust. It works to reduce levels of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in the local area.
Residents suffering from anti-social behaviour are encouraged to report this to Gwent Police. Victim Support is also there to provide support on 0845 30 30 900.
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