Congleton teen banned from town after spate of anti-social behaviour Date published: 6th December 2016 8.27am

A teenager who made the lives of people living and working in Congleton a misery has been handed a criminal behaviour order banning him from parts of the town.

The 15-year-old boy, who had committed a number of offences since September 2015, including thefts and assaults cannot be identified for legal reasons.

His behaviour included trespassing, assaults, shoplifting and general anti-social behaviour, causing alarm, harassment and distress to the residents, visitors and workers of Congleton. He has also been abusive and threatening to several shop assistants. This behaviour was sometimes as part of a group of other young people.

At Crewe Magistrates Youth Court on 30 November, he was issued with the criminal behaviour Order, which prevents him from entering areas including the The Bridestones area including part of the High Street and the immediate surrounding areas of Congleton, Congleton Park and its surrounding area of wood unless given express permission by police to do so.

He is banned from a number of shops and is prohibited from acting in an anti-social manner, using or encouraging foul or abusive language or intimidating behaviour.

Councillor Paul Bates, Cabinet member for Communities and Health said: “All of these incidents have been around Congleton and have impacted on members of the public who have witnessed this shocking behaviour. The young man has had every opportunity of support from various services and has been given numerous chances to change his behaviour.”

Insp Catherine Mitchell, who leads on partnership working for Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, added: “This action has come about as a result of persistent offending by this particular individual. I hope this sends a strong message that we will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in our town and, working closely with our partners, we will take robust action against those who persistently cause a misery to those who visit, work or live in Congleton.”

The police action and successful application for the criminal behaviour order is part of an ongoing joint initiative between police and Cheshire East Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team to tackle anti-social behaviour committed by young people in Congleton.