They won’t get away with it!

Serious penalty for a recent breach of ASBO

Close partnership working between Merton Council and the Police has resulted in the arrest of a young person for breach of his anti-social behaviour order (ASBO).

Leon Thomas was arrested 26 June, for breach of the ASBO that was placed on him on 4 June. Mr Thomas has since broken one of the rulings of his ASBO. That was not to enter Sadler Close housing estate in Mitcham.

Mr Thomas was caught on CCTV in Sadler Close and was arrested and held in custody. He appeared in Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 28 June and was sentenced to 21 days in youth custody.

Sergeant Chris Reeves, Merton Police ASBO Co-ordinator said:

“This sentence shows that ASBOs are an important tool in the fight against anti-social behaviour, and sends a clear message that violations of ASBOs will be taken very seriously by the courts, with custodial sentences likely to be imposed.

“There are 11 individuals currently being considered for an ASBO in Merton. A productive working relationship between the police and Merton Council is having a really positive effect on anti-social behaviour within the borough.”