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'Nuisance' youth handed ASBO
A TEENAGER who has been a “complete nuisance” to residents of a market town over the past eight years has been slapped with an ASBO.
Jack Troth has been banned from being verbally abusive, threatening or swearing in public, as well as riding his motorcycle in excess of the speed limit, on the pavement, tailgating, performing wheelies, or overtaking in a dangerous manner.
The 16-year-old, of Albert Road, was handed the two-year anti-social behaviour order by Worcester magistrates earlier this month and is also prevented from entering Tesco or its car park in Worcester Road, Evesham.
He faces up to five years in prison if he breaches the ASBO.
The court heard 65 incidents of anti-social behaviour had been recorded against Troth since 2005.
They included an incident in which Troth and other youths ran through Evesham Library with snowballs.
They also threw snowballs at a shop window and were abusive to staff.
Racist remarks were made to a store assistant and Troth used a megaphone to shout abuse at passers by.
There were particular concerns over Troth riding his moped in an anti-social and sometimes dangerous way, causing witnesses to fear he would injure another road-user, pedestrian or himself.
A driving instructor saw him overtaking vehicles in a dangerous manner and tailgating, while another witness told the police he was “an accident waiting to happen.”
He did wheelspins in the Tesco car park, and gathered there with friends, causing annoyance to staff and customers.
Despite being banned from the store, he was abusive to a security guard and member of staff.
Inspector Janet Heritage of West Mercia Police said: “Troth has been making a complete nuisance of himself in Evesham, especially when in the company of other youths.
“He has caused annoyance around the town, particularly on his moped over the last few months, and we hope this ASBO reassures the public that the police have taken action to put an end to it.
“More ASBOs against other youths in Evesham are anticipated, and we hope this sends out a clear message that behaviour such as this will not be tolerated.”
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