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Launceston teenager handed two-year ASBO

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 02, 2013

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A LAUNCESTON teenager has been banned from an area of Launceston and handed a two-year Asbo.

Aaron May, 18, appeared before Bodmin Magistrates' Court on Friday when he pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Launceston on July 13.

Magistrates ordered him to do 60 hours' unpaid work, as part of a 12-month community order, with £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The Asbo states that he must not enter an area of Launceston specified on a map between 4pm and 3am daily, must not be found drunk in any public place in Devon or Cornwall and must not act in a way which is likely to cause annoyance.

PC Johnny Haynes, lead officer, said May was well-known in Launceston and the move by the court sends a strong message to unruly youths.

"Local residents shouldn't have to put up with this," said PC Haynes.

"Working with the Cornwall Council antisocial behaviour co-ordinator, we are sending out a clear message that acting in a way that causes harassment, alarm and distress to residents and visitors in Launceston is not acceptable.

"Anyone who is approached or sees people acting in such a way should report it to the police on the non-emergency number 101."

The sentence imposed on May, of Cowlard Close, included a resentencing for a previous offence.

Tom Styles, antisocial behaviour case worker for Cornwall Council, said: "This is a great example of the partnership work done by Devon and Cornwall Police, Crown Prosecution Service and the Antisocial Behaviour Team.

"We encourage members of public to report any incidents they have been witness to or a victim of."

Asbo posters are being distributed by police community support officers and police officers in the Launceston town centre area. The posters describe May's prohibitions in order to ensure any breaches of his Asbo are reported to the police.

Police say shouting and swearing in the street, damaging property and assault are all types of behaviour which can badly affect the quality of life of residents within Launceston.

"We are working to resolve these problems, but it requires a combined effort on the part of local agencies such as the police, council and other relevant partner agencies to tackle them," said a police spokesman.

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