Police pick on me, says yob

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A NOTORIOUS yob who squared up to police after being accused of causing a disturbance claims he is being “hassled” by officers.

Dean Rowbotham has appeared frequently in the Mail since he became the first Asbo youth to be publicly named and shamed by Hartlepool Borough Council in 2006 aged just 16.

But after he landed himself in court again for smashing a window with a can of lager and causing a public disturbance, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard the now 22-year-old keeps having run-ins with police due to his “notoriety”.

Rowbotham, of Colwyn Road, Hartlepool, was given a six-month community order with supervision and was ordered to pay £40 in compensation.

The court heard Rowbotham already had two community orders running and was recently let out of prison after being given a 20-week stretch behind bars for battery.

His latest offences saw him cause criminal damage by smashing a window at the home of Nicola Casey on June 24 and being arrested for a public order offence after refusing to move from the entrance to a block of flats in Grainger Street, Hartlepool, on June 26.

Stuart Haywood, mitigating, said: “Mr Rowbotham refutes claims that he was causing a disturbance. Officers were in the area at the time and he was there.

“There are no statements from anyone to say Mr Rowbotham was disturbing people in the building.

“He was feeling unwell and sat down but, unfortunately, he has a notoriety with the police so whenever they see him they stop him and ask him a lot of questions. He says he is hassled by the police.

“It’s unfortunate on this occasion that Dean used the Anglo-Saxon language that he did.”

But Lilian Atkinson, prosecuting, said police had been called to the address because of Rowbotham.

He told police he didn’t need to give them a reason why he was there and spouted abuse at the officers.

Mrs Atkinson added: “He started squaring up to the officers so was taken into custody and was charged.”