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Asbo boy's five year night curfew
Keenan Skilling
Keenan is banned from throwing stones and cycling on pavements
A 12-year-old boy has been ordered to spend every night at home in Greater Manchester for five years as part of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo).

Keenan Skilling, who used to live in Castleton Avenue, Stretford, and now lives in Chorlton, will have his curfew staggered until he is nearly 18.

Trafford council applied to the courts for the Asbo following the youngster's intimidating and abusive behaviour.

He is banned from throwing missiles and stones and entering Stretford Mall.

The youngster is also banned from cycling on the pavement.

He must be home every night from 1900 GMT to 0700 GMT until he is 13. He can then stay out to 2100 GMT until he is 16, when he must be indoors after 2200 GMT.

Intimidating language

The curfew will remain in place until December 2011.

Keenan is one of five people who was handed an Asbo by Trafford council, working with Greater Manchester Police.

The conditions ban him from causing anti-social behaviour and from using abusive, insulting or intimidating language in a public place. He is also banned from associating in public with several named people.

A statement from Trafford Council said: "Keenan Skilling has been given a five-year order for his intimidating and abusive behaviour.

"He is prohibited from throwing objects and riding a pedal cycle on the pavement or in any commercial premises in England and Wales.

"He is also banned from the Stretford Arndale centre and is subject to a curfew until December 2011."

'Top priority'

Councillor Mike Whetton, Trafford's executive councillor for community safety, said: "Trafford residents can be assured that we do take cases of anti-social behaviour very seriously."

Chief Supt Janette McCormick added: "Fighting anti-social behaviour is a top priority for us, as it is a problem which blights communities.

"Before we even consider seeking an Asbo, there are a number of other interventions that we look at first, such as fixed penalty notices, acceptable behaviour contracts, dispersal orders and referrals to youth intervention officers.

"However, I want to send a clear message to those people persistently involved in nuisance behaviour, that we will not hesitate to apply for an Asbo where appropriate and we will use all the powers available to us to enforce it."

Keenan's father declined to comment on his son's curfew.


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