Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Byline: By Peter Young

Leaflets aim to keep yob in check

A serial lout who terrorised an estate is the first target in a new clampdown on yobbish behaviour.

Leaflets are being delivered to homes urging people to contact police or their local housing office if they spot Anthony Nichol, 18, causing trouble.

The move comes after Nichol broke an anti-social behaviour order imposed in 2002 following a three-year campaign of crime and nuisance in the Cowgate area of Newcastle.

Magistrates ordered he must not cause harassment, alarm or distress in Cowgate, Nuns Moor, Kenton Lane and parts of Fenham up to the West Road for three years.

But last month Nichol of Whithorn Crescent, Cowgate, was jailed for four months by city magistrates for offences which breached the order.

He was drunk and disorderly in Cowgate, threatened to set fire to a takeaway restaurant, broke a car window and verbally abused police officers.

Now the Newcastle Community Safety Partnership is distributing 1,200 leaflets in the neighbourhood with Nichol's picture, telling residents the order does not end until December 2005.

If they spot anti-social behaviour committed by him, or anybody else, they are urged to tell the authorities.

Information will be treated in confidence, but the partnership promises action will be taken. Magistrates have slapped anti-social behaviour orders on 11 troublemakers in Newcastle in the last three years but this is the first time such action has been taken.

Partnership leaders say they are responding to public fears and the aim is to rally support from the community to help police and the council keep track of Nichol when he comes out of prison.

Coun Barry Phillipson, partnership chairman, said: "Newcastle Community Safety Partnership takes anti-social behaviour and the impact this has on city communities very seriously. …

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