Asbo to stop reign of terror for teen, 17, until he's 21
TEENAGE troublemaker Liam Smith has been given an antisocial behaviour order after “terrorising” residents during a long-running reign of fear.
Local people were left severely upset by his abusive and destructive antics, a court heard.
The Asbo, lasting three years and three months, will remain in force until 17-year-old Smith is aged 21. It was made at Grimsby Youth Court.
Smith, of Duke Street, Grimsby, caused a catalogue of serious problems for residents in the East Marsh and Grant Thorold areas.
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He was convicted of offences of damaging a door, belonging to Aston Estates, on June 1, and damaging a window, belonging to Abit Zaman, on June 3.
District judge Daniel Curtis did not impose any reporting restrictions.
After the hearing, Sergeant Colin Jarratt, a neighbourhood sergeant covering the East Marsh area, said: “I am extremely pleased the court has deemed an Asbo necessary for Liam Smith.
“It has been presented with a vast amount of information in relation to the crimes that he has committed over the years and the information that we receive about his antisocial behaviour towards a number of residents who have been terrorised by him and his associates.
“Smith has taken every advantage of his victims either not reporting incidents or being too afraid to provide statements – and this has allowed him to increase his reign over the community.
“Local officers have worked very hard to disrupt Smith and his friends over the past ten months and several attempts have been made by partner agencies and ourselves to change his ways.
“Smith was given several warnings at the beginning of the year that, if he continued to cause harassment, distress and fear to others, he would be dealt with positively.
“He chose to ignore our warnings and offers of engagement, leaving us with the only option of collating evidence, reassuring his victims and seeking an Asbo which allows us to tackle his behaviour more positively.
“Because of this, over the past few months I have seen a dramatic increase in residents reporting incidents to us and, more importantly, providing statements to allow us to bring prosecutions.
“As a result of this, we have been able to provide the court with sufficient evidence about his antisocial behaviour.
“My message has always been clear to those who think they can go out and terrorise other people – we will follow up calls for service and continue to encourage victims to provide statements.
“We will reassure them that we will do what we can to ensure people like Smith are prosecuted and dealt with by the courts appropriately.
“If they cannot change their ways and they continue to terrorise the community, it is better for the community that they are in prison to give some respite to others.”