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'Menace' faces estate ban
Police and youth generic
North Wales Police applied for the anti-social behaviour order
A teenage troublemaker is facing a permanent ban from his estate when he appears in court this month.

Colin Lyness,16, was named by a youth court in May following an earlier hearing which saw him made the subject of an interim anti-social behaviour order.

During last month's hearing, mothers wrote to the magistrates saying Colin Lyness was a menace when he lived on the Maes y Cwm estate in Llandudno, encouraging their youngsters to join him in crime.

North Wales Police were granted temporary legislation banning him from travelling in stolen cars.

The Llandudno teenager is now living with foster parents outside the area.

You just can't ban a child of that age
Philip Evans councillor

Conwy county councillor Philip Evans said not all youngsters living on the Llandudno estate are problematic.

"It's unfair if all youngsters are tarred with the same brush. It's inevitable you get trouble on any estate," he said.

"There are concerns generally about the behaviour of some young people."

Many local residents have said they want the teenager banned from the estate forever.

Government aim

However, Mr Evans, who also serves as a magistrate said he is not convinced that banning the youngster permanently would work.

"You just can't ban a child of that age," he added.

"The issue of anti-social behaviour orders is one way of making sure that youngsters have to sign up to behave."

Colin Lyness is prohibited from encouraging others to travel in stolen cars and associating with four other named individuals.

He has also been ordered to obey a night time curfew between 2000BST to 0800.

Cracking down on anti-social behaviour - from noisy neighbours to street drunks - is one of the Government's main aims for the new parliamentary year.




SEE ALSO:
'Nuisance' fines to be extended
12 Mar 03  |  Wales
Report shows yob order gaps
02 Apr 02  |  UK News
Q&A: Anti-social behaviour orders
20 Mar 02  |  UK News


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