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Vicar's son prompts prayer appeal
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Parishioner's have been asked to pray for the Osbornes
Parishioners at a Staffordshire church have been asked to pray for a vicar whose adopted son has been banned from his home town.

Cannock magistrates imposed an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) on 17-year-old Donovan Osborne, of Edward Street, Chadsmoor, Cannock, earlier this week.

They had heard he was the ringleader of a gang responsible for car thefts and terrorising local residents.

His father, the Reverend Anthony Osborne, is a senior Church of England clergy figure in the town.

'Full support' The Bishop of Wolverhampton, the Right Reverend Michael Bourke, said the family had been through a "difficult time".

"I ask the people of Cannock to hold them in their prayers as they seek to work through their difficulties.

"The hearing follows a number of incidents which have caused hurt and pain to local communities, and I hope and pray that the order issued by the magistrates will go some way to preventing further incidents."

He added: "The Reverend Anthony Osborne has served faithfully and conscientiously as team rector of Cannock for almost six years and I want to assure him and the local community that he continues to have my full support."

Detention order

Under the terms of the order, Osborne is banned from contacting four other gang members or venturing into Chadsmoor with the exception of Cannock Hospital, the council offices and the Inland Revenue.

He is also prevented from being drunk in a public place or harassing people in the whole of the Staffordshire Police area.

Osborne is currently starting a 24-month training and detention order for affray, 12 months of which are in custody.

The ASBO order will take effect when he is released and it is thought he will live with his parents in the Longford area of Cannock.

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