Youth prosecuted for anti social behaviour

Merton Council secures its first ASBO

Merton Council has successfully secured its first Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) against a youth who had caused nuisance on a Mitcham housing estate.

The youth, aged 16, lives on the Sadler Close estate. He received the ASBO after appearing at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 15 January. If he breaches any part of it he could face up to six months in custody. He was prosecuted after the Mitcham Housing team received numerous complaints about his behaviour.

Merton?s Housing and legal teams also worked very closely with Merton Partnership Against Crime (MPAC), the police, the Neighbourhood Warden Service and the Sadler Close Residents? Association.

In court, the youth admitted the evidence gathered against him was true and he has now been banned from going to or loitering on any part of the Sadler Close Estate except the route to his own home and the route to one friend?s home between 5-8pm only.

The youth is also banned from the grounds of Bond First School, from abusing or harassing residents of the estate and their visitors, driving motor vehicles, scooters or motor cycles on the estate, producing graffiti or committing any other damage on the estate.

In addition, he has to comply with a curfew order between 10pm-7am every day and was ordered to pay £100 costs. His mother is also subject to a Parenting Order making her responsible to ensure he complies with the ASBO.

Councillor Edith Macauley, Cabinet Member of Housing, said: ?I am very pleased we have been successful in this case. It would not have been possible without the help of residents who gave evidence in court and I would like to thank them personally.

?Let this be a lesson to others on our housing estates who are causing trouble. We will not idly sit by and let them get away with it. Working with our partners we will work hard to gather evidence against trouble makers and prosecute when we can to put a stop to this anti social behaviour.?