Youngest boy in county on ASBO

A 12-YEAR-OLD Droitwich boy has become the youngest person in south Worcestershire to be issued with an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).

Luke Rawlings has been issued with the order to help police deal with his unruly behaviour in the town.

The order bans him from certain parts of Droitwich, including the town centre, and also seeks to stop him harassing people, swearing, using threatening or abusive language or gestures or encouraging others to do so.

Chris Allen, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, said: "This is South Worcestershire's youngest ASBO to date.

"We do not take this kind of action lightly. We have a range of action we can take to deal with young people before we apply to the courts for an order but, when individuals persist in their anti-social behaviour, we look to the courts for support.

"Our role, in partnership with other agencies, is to protect the community from these individuals, no matter how young."

Rawlings, of Chawson Road, became the subject of the ASBO when he appeared at Worcester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, August 8.

The two-year order bans him from entering: * the grounds of Chawson Community Centre and its car park * the grounds of Chawson First School including the car park and playground/playing fields * Scholars Walk, Droitwich * Blake Avenue, Droitwich * the grounds of Emmanuel Church Community Hall and its car park Areas of the town centre are also listed in the ban including Covercroft, St Andrews Street, Friar Street, High Street, Tower Hill, Priory Lane and Salters Shopping Centre, Morrisons and Waitrose supermarkets- including their car parks.

Rawlings is also restricted by a curfew and must not leave an address in Chawson Road (or Meadow Court, Westlands, if arrangements have been checked with police) between the hours of 9pm and 6.30am daily, unless he is with a parent or guardian.

If he is caught breaking any of the restrictions covered by the ASBO he could face a substantial period of time in youth custody.

Anyone who sees Luke Rawlings in any of the areas stated in his ASBO - or witnesses him breaking the ban in any way - should call police on 08457 444 888. They can also call Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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