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Monday, 23 April, 2001, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK
Teenager banned from city suburb

A teenage boy has been banned from a suburb of Manchester for 10 years after threatening to terrorise the area.

The ban prevents 15-year-old Billy Kelly from entering the Fallowfield area until he is 25. He is also banned from parts of Rusholme.

It is thought to be the most severe exclusion order ever served in the city.

Officials from Manchester City Council obtained the order from magistrates after the teenager made threats to staff during his family's eviction from their Fallowfield home.

Billy Kelly
Billy Kelly: Threatened council staff
Kelly is already serving a six-month detention order for threatening to fire bomb a witness the day of the eviction in November.

The city council provided a list of incidents to the court which showed Kelly had been involved in a string of offences from October 1998 to December last year.

These included burglary, shoplifting, threatening behaviour, stealing a charity box and making a death threat to a neighbour as part of a gang.

He had also been involved in taking cars and making another petrol bomb threat a year before the family's eviction, the court was told.

'Menace'

Magistrates heard how during the eviction Kelly had threatened a policeman and vowed to get his revenge on the local community.

The court was told he said: "I'm going to come back and terrorise Fallowfield. You think you have won, but I'm going to come back and terrorise this place."

The exclusion order, which lasts until April 20, 2011, includes a ban on approaching, threatening or communicating with witnesses.

Kelly had asked to be allowed to enter the exclusion zone to visit his father, but was told this would not be allowed.

Councillor Basil Curley, the council's executive member for housing, said Kelly had been a "menace" to the entire community.

"Billy Kelly was a menace to his neighbours and the court found his behaviour so serious that a long ban was the only answer."

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