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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 18:30 GMT 19:30 UK
Teenage gang targeted with Asbos
Most of the youths are from Yarnfield
Eleven Staffordshire teenagers have had anti-social behaviour orders (Asbo) placed on them.

A court heard that for seven months a gang of up to 27 youths made life a misery for some residents in Yarnfield, near Stone.

The case at Cannock Magistrates' Court against eight boys and three girls aged 13-17 is thought to be the largest-ever single application for such orders.

More than 50 residents came forward to help officials compile their case.

'Scruff of the neck'

Among the behaviour complained about was verbal abuse to residents, vandalism to a bus shelter, damage to vehicles, starting fires and ramming wheelie bins into front doors.

Averil Rogers, from Yarnfield, told BBC Midlands Today: "I've got four children but in those days you could take one home by the scruff of the neck and complain to the parents.

"But unfortunately you can't go down that line these days."

Cllr Stan Highfield from Stafford Borough Council said: "We are very pleased the courts have served Asbos on all 11 youths and would like to thank the witnesses for having the courage to stand up in court and reclaim their community."

Cllr Trevor Reeves, cabinet member for housing, added: "This sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can behave anti-socially and get away with it.

"We will not tolerate bad behaviour and will take strong action to ensure residents can live in peace."

Sgt Kath Hancock, of Stone Community Action Team, said: "Today's outcome is a testimony to the hard work of all involved, not only at Staffordshire Police and Stafford Borough Council but of those residents who were bravely prepared to speak out on behalf of their community."

  • The 11 teenagers are:
  • James Michael Christopher Tippett, 16, of North Road, Cold Meece
  • David Graham Timmis, 16, of Knightleigh Eves Farm, Eccleshall
  • Harry Charles Keen, 16, of Beechfield, Barlaston
  • John Evans, 15, and Brian Evans, 17, both of Summerfield, Yarnfield
  • Michael Rawlinson, 16, of Ford Drive, Yarnfield
  • Carl Davies, 16, Nicola Boult, 15, Tiffany Boult, 13, Sarah Louise Traynor, 17, and Reece John Colclough, 16, all of The Furlong, Yarnfield

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