Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Behave or Go to Jail'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Behave or Go to Jail'

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A trouble-maker who broke an Anti-Social Behaviour Order has been given his last chance by a judge.

Carl Rankin, 19, smirked as Judge Les Spittle told him he would definitely go to prison if he re-offended.

Rankin was given a three-year ASBO on May 23, 2002 - the first order of its kind gained by Middlesbrough Council - with a condition that he was banned from congregating in a group of five or more outside any premises in Middlesbrough, as reported at the time.

Prosecutor Shaun Dodds told Teesside Crown Court Rankin was seen on July 6, 2002 on a street corner in central Middlesbrough with a large group of youths, and one of them went on to commit a robbery.

He was seen again 12 days later burgling a neighbour's house by climbing through a ground floor window to steal a PlayStation and games worth pounds 200.

Paul Cleasby, defending, said Rankin had been approved for a Drug Testing and Training Order (DTTO) and there had been a slowdown in his offending. …

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