Yob flouts Asbo

AN ASBO yob who terrorised a neighbourhood has appeared in court for flouting the rules of his order.

Wayne Wright was slapped with an Anti Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) to ban him from throwing missiles at people or property, behaving in an intimidating way in the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool and from gathering in gangs of more than three people.

So when the 18-year-old was spotted drinking with a large group of youths behind Fens Shops, off Catcote Road, he was arrested for breaching the terms of his order.

Wright appeared before Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to breaching the Asbo on February 17.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse told justices: “Police were called to the rear of the Fens shopping parade around midnight following a large group of youths carrying out abusive behaviour in drink and urinating in the area.

“The defendant was found to be present in the group of 10 people and was observed to be drunk.

“There were empty drink cans and rubbish strewn across the area and the group were being very loud, shouting and causing a disturbance.”

She added: “The defendant was arrested and in interview explained that he’d just met up with friends and he’d only been out about 30 minutes.

“He said an old man had approached them earlier and asked them to quieten down.

“He said there was about 15 people out altogether but he was only with four of them and they had all congregated together.”

Mitigating. Barry Gray said Wright, of Fordyce Road, Owton Manor, Hartlepool, had not breached the order until that night.

He said: “Since the order was made, he’s kept himself quite quiet.

“He has two or three friends he associates with and he normally watches television and goes out.

“This particular night they did go to see other friends who they knew would be congregating at a place behind the Fens shops.

“It’s not part of his order that he’s not allowed to go and say ‘hello’ to friends, it’s only part of his order that he must not be part of a group of more than three where there’s likely to be problems relating to harassment, alarm or distress.”

Chairman of the bench Peter West, who had to tell Wright to stop smirking at a pal in the public gallery throughout the proceedings, fined him £65, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.