A GANG of youths who made residents’ lives a misery on one St Helens estate have been handed two-year ASBOs.
Ringleaders Adam Jones, 18, Kane Mahon, 13, and Macauley Parr, 12, repeatedly hurled stones at properties in Sutton Heath, intimidated residents and encroached into gardens - causing elderly residents alarm and distress.
The gang defied warnings from the police and St Helens Council about their unruly behaviour over the last 12 months and were hit with two-year ASBOs at Knowsley Magistrates’ Court last week.
A fourth gang member, who remains on an interim ASBO until July, cannot be identified.
Under the terms of the orders, they are banned from being in a public place or front garden together and from throwing stones or other objects at property.
They are also banned from entering the front or rear gardens of private property, from playing ball games in residential streets and from creating any hazards in the roadway.
Chief Inspector Dave Pryce said: “Perpetrators of anti-social behaviour are given the chance to engage with the police and partners to change their ways - but this group continued to have an adverse effect on the residents of Sutton Heath.
“I hope this case will serve as a warning that both the police and the council are prepared to take strong measures against those who act in an unacceptable manner.”
Coun Alison Bacon, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, added: “The message is clear. We will not tolerate anti social behaviour, which causes so much distress to communities.
“Anyone who sees any member of this group breaching the terms of their order should call Merseyside Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”