Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teenage Yobs Banned from Estate

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teenage Yobs Banned from Estate

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Byline: Helen Sturdy

A teenage tearaway has become the latest subject of a unique ban in the war against anti-social behaviour on Teesside.

An interim anti-social behaviour order has been imposed on Craig Conway for his role with a gang terrorising the neighbourhood in Middlesbrough's Pallister Park.

The 19-year-old - known locally as Bruno - is described as one of two ringleaders Middlesbrough Council had sought orders against, preventing them entering part of the area as well as limiting their actions.

The other youth said to be wreaking havoc on the estate - a 17-year-old who cannot be named - was also given an interim anti-social behaviour order at Teesside Magistrates Court last week.

And, in a first of its kind in the town, the ban bars both youths from wearing scarves and balaclavas to hide their identities.

The council said residents in the area have been living in fear of the gang - sometimes up to 50 strong - and are terrified to leave their homes.

Householders have been plagued by underage drinking, drug-taking, vandalism, arson and graffiti.

Youths gather with motorbikes which are ridden around the estate throughout the night and children have been badly hurt in collisions with the unlicensed machines.

One resident even said it had become like "living in the Bronx".

Council chiefs believe the pair are seen as the ring leaders by up to 25 others whose behaviour has terrified residents.

Jane Hill, Middlesbrough Council's Enforcement Team manager, said the authority applied for the interim order so immediate action could be taken while the case for the full order was prepared.

"This is a great result for the residents of Pallister Park, who have suffered at the hands of this group for a number of years now," she added.

"This is the first of many. …

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