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Thursday, 16 May, 2002, 13:19 GMT 14:19 UK
'Child from hell' banned from town
Maxine Jeans, 16
Maxine Jeans has robbed, burned and burgled
A girl of 16 with more than 120 criminal convictions has been banned from a Hampshire town centre following a five-year crime spree.

Maxine Jeans, dubbed the "child from hell" by one police officer, has been arrested more than 80 times and has been accused of 40 attacks on police officers in Portsmouth.

At the city's magistrates court a judge banned Jeans from her local high street in the suburb of Cosham for five years.

Imposing an anti-social behaviour order, he also banned her from threatening residents, assaulting police officers and encouraging others to threaten or harass.

Jail threat

It follows a crime spree by Jeans which has included robbery, theft, arson, burglary, criminal damage, assaulting police officers and threatening behaviour.

Jeans' crime spree
Arson
Shoplifting
Criminal damage
Assaulting police officer
Threatening behaviour
Common assault
Resisting arrest
Obscene language
Destroying property
Theft
Witness intimidation
Racially threatening behaviour
Attempted robbery
Harassment
Failure to answer bail
Affray
Burglary
Drunk and disorderly

The order was imposed on Wednesday after earlier attempts to curb her law breaking, including supervision orders and prosecutions, failed.

Jeans, from Clacton Road, Wymering, Portsmouth will be jailed for up to two years if she disobeys the order.

One of the police officers who had been on the receiving end of Jeans' violence, Sergeant Fiona Voller, welcomed the order.

"She is the child from hell, she is the bane of our lives at this police station.

"Maxine has persecuted innocent members of the public for far too long now.

"The anti-social behaviour order will restrict her behaviour and give us greater powers to act if she continues to offend or act in an anti- social manner.

"Ultimately I hope this order improves the quality of life for residents and people trying to run businesses.

"I would urge the public to report any incidents where Maxine has breached the order as we would like to enforce it rigorously."

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The crimes of Maxine Jeans
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