Teen banned from Islington estates for threatening police

A TROUBLESOME boy has been banned from several estates in Islington for two years after threatening community officers.

The 16-year-old is now subject of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) which was granted by Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court. The ASBO, served after he threatened the two police community support officers in Caledonian Road in December, prevents him from entering the Boston and Nailour, Bemerton, Barnsbury and Barnard Park estates.

The youth is also banned from hanging around with other 16-year-olds in public places in Islington or with a group of two or more people in a manner which could scare residents.

Councillor Barbara Sidnell, executive member for community safety at Islington Council, said: “We are committed to working with partners to take a long-term view of tackling youth related violence in the borough and ASBOs are an effective tool available to us.

“We will not tolerate the unacceptable behaviour of the minority who cause a disproportionate amount of crime, disorder and fear to Islington residents and will use every avenue available to tackle this.”

PC Carel Le Masson said: “We will continue to work together with partner agencies to combat the crime and anti-social behaviour caused by these individuals who significantly impact the quality of life of our local residents.”

The teenager can visit family members and the Barnsbury Community Centre under the conditions of the ASBO which expires in March 2013.

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Neighbourhood police officers in Caledonian and Barnsbury along with Islington Council and Homes for Islington worked together to secure the ASBO.

Doug Goldring, the director of operations at Homes for Islington, said: “We are committed to dealing with anti-social behaviour and to providing a safe environment for our residents. This is a great example of partners working together to deliver solutions to reduce anti-social behaviour on our estates.”