24 March 2009>
An 18-year-old man from the Caerphilly county borough is the latest person to receive an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after a catalogue of anti-social behaviour in and around his community.
James Hallett, of Waunllwyn Crescent, Blackwood was given a three-year ASBO by Caerphilly magistrates this week, after a series of nuisance and anti-social incidents in the Blackwood area of the Caerphilly county borough.
James displayed frequent aggressive and offensive behaviour towards residents and officers in the Blackwood area over a period of three years, much of which is thought to be alcohol related.
Despite numerous interventions as part of the well-established Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership's "four strikes" process for tackling anti-social behaviour in the Caerphilly county borough, his behaviour continued.
He was also offered the opportunity to sign an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC), but failed to attend the signing.
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership takes an extremely tough stance on anti-social behaviour in the county borough, and has a well developed and implemented "four strikes" process in place to enforce measures against anti-social behaviour.
The ASBO prohibits James Hallett, anywhere within the Caerphilly county borough from:
- Acting in a manner which causes or is likely to cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress to any person.
- Apart from his home address, entering or attempting to enter any property not belonging to him, save with the express permission of the owner.
- Causing or attempting to cause any damage to property not belonging to him.
- Using foul, abusive or threatening language to any person.
- Using or threatening violence towards any person.
- Acting in a manner which is or is likely to be threatening, racially abusive or racially insulting to any person.
- Consuming alcohol in a public place, save for licensed premises.
- Being in possession of alcohol in open bottles, cans, cups or containers in a public place.
- Throwing any object at any person, property or vehicle.
Community Safety Manager, Howard Rees said, "I hope that the gaining of this Anti-Social Behaviour Order will send out a clear message that behaviour of this type will not be tolerated in the Caerphilly county borough.
I also want to reassure our communities that we will continue to use the powers available to us to stop anti-social behaviour, and help to protect residents across the borough and improve their quality of life."
PC Gareth Jones, Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer for Blackwood said, "The application for this order and its successful conclusion shows that those responsible for committing acts of anti-social behaviour will be targeted by the police and partners.
It sends a clear message that the anti-social activities of the minority will not be tolerated by the majority. The police at Blackwood will continue to tackle the activities of the minority referred to."
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership is a multi agency organisation, whose five statutory bodies are Caerphilly County Borough Council, Gwent Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Caerphilly teaching Local Health Board and Gwent Police Authority. It works to reduce levels of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime in the local area.
Victim Support contact number: 0845 30 30 900.
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