20th Mar, 2019

Anti-social Wood brothers slapped with CRASBO

Worcester Editorial 26th Jan, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

TWO BROTHERS whose anti-social behaviour has blighted a neighbourhood for three years have been slapped with a CRASBO.

Paul Wood, 14, and younger brother Thomas, 12, both of Stallard Road in St John’s have been involved in a string of incidents including racially aggravated public order offences.

The two year Criminal Anti-Social Behaviour Orders, which were given to the pair at Worcester Magistrates Court earlier this month, bans them from doing a number of things in the area.

They must not enter Monarch Drive or Martley Road shops and not to speak to a certain individual, are not allowed to play ball games in Stallard Road and Fern Road and must not be verbally abusive, shout or swear in a public place in a manner that causes or is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress.

The Wood brothers are also prevented from making rude hand gestures towards anyone that causes offence, must not have contact with another certain individual and should not run over residents’ gardens or be on their property without permission.

Finally the pair must not play ‘chicken’ in any street, kick footballs at cars or deliberately place items in the road in the way of traffic and not spit in public.

The order expires on Friday, January 13, 2017.

PC Paul Slaymaker, of Arboretum and Claines Safer Neighbourhood Team, said any breach of the order could result in a prison term.

“These CRASBOs indicate West Mercia Police’s priority of protecting people from harm and bringing those who cause distress in local communities to justice, regardless of their age.

“The order means that for the next two years they have to comply with a number of conditions aimed at tackling the issues they have caused.

“If they are found breaching any of the conditions of the order, they commit a criminal offence which, if successfully convicted, could result in a prison sentence of up to five years.”

Supt Kevin Purcell, South Worcestershire Policing Commander, said it was unusual to release photographs of youngsters under the age of 18 but thought it was needed in this case.

“When releasing photographs of young people, I am always mindful of the impact this can have on them,” he said.

“There has been the need to balance the volume and scope of their anti-social behaviour with their needs, and the need to notify the community of these orders so we can properly enforce them.”

Anyone who witnesses a breach of these orders should call police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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