BOY (11) FACES CRIME ORDER
He’ll be one of youngest ever to get police behaviour contract
POLICE are pursuing a behaviour order against an 11year-old boy - one of the youngest ever in the city to have the special measure taken against him.
POLICE are pursuing a behaviour order against an 11-year-old boy who has made life hell for some residents.
Officers want to curb the behaviour of the problem Peterborough primary school pupil, who cannot be named, and have gathered a dossier of evidence cataloguing incidents of anti-social behaviour.
This is being passed to Peterborough City Council, which will ask the boy to sign an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC), in a bid to curb his behaviour.
He will be among the youngest in the city to sign an ABC.
If he refuses, or does not stick to the ABC, they could pursue an anti-social behaviour order ( ASBO) against him through the courts.
Police have been investigating anti-social behaviour which has plagued parts of Fletton, since January.
More than 20 reports have been made, including incidents of stones being thrown at windows and doors, bricks being hurled into gardens, walls being damaged and shed roofs being jumped on. There are also allegations of motorised scooters being ridden on public roads and paths.
Police believe around 15 incidents are down to the 11-year-old, whose behaviour has been described by residents as being like “something from TV show Shameless”.
One 21-year-old mother said residents had felt they had been “forgotten” and left to deal with the problem.
When told about the ABC plans, she said: “It’s about time. It’s been a nightmare and the best way to describe the behaviour is like the Gallagher’s in Shameless. If you try and tell him off you get a mouthful of abusive language.
“All I want is somewhere for my kids to play safely and not to be threatened with bricks through my window.”
A 58-year-old woman said they had been pleading with police to help.
She said: “I have lived here for 20 years. People are being hounded as the boy and his pals just run wild.”
Sergeant Luke Coulson said anti-social behaviour in the area – including a number of incidents in Fellowes Gardens – is still a panel priority for the neighbourhood team and they are working closely with partner agencies to combat it.
He said: “We are working with partner agencies to consider issuing an ABC to an 11-year-old boy who has been associated with a number of incidents.
“Anti-social behaviour is extremely disruptive to the lives of the local community and is an issue we are committed to tackling.
“Part of this work includes identifying those responsible and taking the necessary steps to prevent them from causing further disruption to the local community.”
Their hard-line move has been backed by Cross Keys Homes, who own some properties in the street.
Anti-social behaviour manager, Gemma Wood, said they are working with the council and police to help solve the problem.
She also urged anyone witnessing or suffering anti-social behaviour to come forward and contact police or Cross Keys Homes.
She said: “We are calling for any witnesses to come forward as the safety of our residents is our main priority.”
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