Tuesday, 26 May 2009

INTERIM ASBOS EXTENDED

Thanet district Council press release

Nine interim ASBOs against people believed to be responsible for numerous acts of anti-social behaviour in Newington have been extended until August.

It comes after the case against the nine, who all live in Ramsgate, was adjourned until August, due to one of the nine having their GCSE exams on the final two days of the original planned court case. The new dates for the trial, which will take place in Folkestone, have been fixed as Monday 10, Friday 14, Wednesday 19, Thursday 20 and Friday 21 August.

The interim ASBOs were first granted in December 2008, following a civil case brought by Thanet District Council and supported by Kent Police, on behalf of the Thanet Community Safety Partnership. These orders, which carry the same weight as full orders, remain in force until Friday 21 August and will become a criminal offence if they are breached.

The orders mean that they cannot congregate together in groups of more than three in a public place anywhere in Thanet or go near any of the witnesses in the case. Insulting or offensive behaviour, throwing items or behaviour likely to cause harassment are also covered by the interim orders.

Community Safety Coordinator Jessica Bailey said: "Although it's frustrating that the court case has been adjourned until August, we have at last seen interim ASBOs against all nine extended until the end of the court case. These restrictions apply anywhere in the district and not just in the Centre, Harbour Street or Ramsgate town centre and, if there are any breaches, then we can act on that. This extra time also gives us the opportunity to get any other statements about incidents that may have occurred more recently. I would strongly urge anyone with information about anti-social behaviour by these individuals or anything that may be a breach of these interim orders to get in touch with us."

If anyone has any concerns about anti-social behaviour in the Newington area, they can contact their local PCs, who are Mel Geeves and Chris Wiltshire on either 07870 252880 or 07980 770678, while the ward PC for Central Harbour is Phil Morley, who can be contacted on 07800 675388. The local PCSOs are Nathan Prentice and Gareth Foreman and they can be contacted on 07772 226199 or 07772 226130.

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