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'Asbo village' aims to lose tag

Averil Rogers
Averil Rogers made a stand against the offenders

Residents in a Staffordshire area dubbed the "Asbo village" in the media say it has all changed five years on.

Eleven teenagers in Yarnfield were given anti-social behaviour orders in July 2004 after a court heard a gang was making life misery for residents.

Averil Rogers, who was among residents who gave evidence to police and councils, said that Yarnfield was now "a good place to live".

There have been no Asbos placed in the village within the past five years.

Residents say a lot of activities have been set up to keep young people occupied, including football groups and boxing clubs.

However, in 2004 more than 50 residents came forward to help officials compile their case.

They complained about anti-social acts such as verbal abuse, vandalism and damage to vehicles.

'Respecting each other'

Villagers also filmed offenders setting fire to things, ramming wheelie bins and throwing chairs.

Newspaper headlines about the village
The village was the subject of many headlines

Mrs Rogers said the village had been unfairly tarnished by the tag, but things had greatly improved.

"Let in be known that Yarnfield is a good place to live," she said.

Mrs Rogers, who was one of the main people to take a stand against the anti-social behaviour, added she hoped the situation would never be repeated.

Russ Cartledge, from Stafford Borough Council, said something very good had come out of something "that was really bad".

He said: "We have got local residents acting as football coaches for a football team for the youngsters, and we've got people working together and listening to each other and respecting each other."



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