Troublemaker banned from estate

By Roddy AshworthRESIDENTS who have suffered anti-social behaviour at the hands of a teenager have welcomed a court order banning him from their estate.

By Roddy Ashworth

RESIDENTS who have suffered anti-social behaviour at the hands of a teenager have welcomed a court order banning him from their estate.

The order was imposed on Glen Linnane, 17, after residents on the Highwoods estate in Colchester suffered what police described as “significant” acts of anti-social behaviour.

Under the terms of the two-year anti-social behaviour order, Linnane is banned from entering Highwoods estate within the boundaries of Mill Road, Severalls Lane, Ipswich Road and Highwoods Country Park

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The order imposed by Harwich youth justices also banned the teenager from being drunk in a public place and from causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person.

If Linnane, of Harwich Road, Colchester, breaks any of these conditions in the next two years, he is likely to be arrested.

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Gerard Oxford, chairman of Highwoods' Residents Association, said he welcomed the court action and hoped it would deter other youngsters who behaved badly.

“It is part of a programme saying anti-social behaviour is not acceptable and the residents of Highwoods are not going to put up with it,” he added.

“The individual in question has breached a number of agreements to mend his ways. The magistrate must have felt the evidence put before him was worthwhile.

“We are delighted because it shows all the evidence works. Hopefully, it will show others what can happen if they act similarly.”

Sgt Dean Chapple, of Colchester police, pledged officers would continue to ensure all acts of anti-social behaviour were dealt with positively.

“I hope that this anti-social behaviour order will send a clear message to other youths who frequent the Highwoods estate and cause anti-social behaviour, or any other place in Colchester, that it will not be tolerated,” he added.

“An anti-social behaviour order is there to protect the public from anti-social behaviour and disorder.

“Like Glen, many youths have already been issued acceptable behaviour contracts and, like Glen, some of those have taken to ignore them.

“It will be those youths that may find themselves in front of a magistrate in the future and may themselves find their day-to-day life is restricted by prohibitions set by the court.”

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