BOY (11) FACES CRIME OR­DER

He’ll be one of youngest ever to get po­lice be­hav­iour con­tract

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KIRSTEN BEACOCK

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.”

Pic­ture: ben davis.

jun­gle: Kasan­dra Woznicka, Cruise Cheetham, Adrian Kamin­ski, Kinga Rozanksa and Hu­bert Kopiejka dodg­ing crocodiles in St Thomas More Pri­mary School. (METP-27-05-10BD500)

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