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Action against Crowland boy hit with injunction is 'sad but necessary'




Councillors in Crowland have welcomed an injunction served on a teenage boy after repeated disorder in the town. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3008117)
Councillors in Crowland have welcomed an injunction served on a teenage boy after repeated disorder in the town. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3008117)

Civic leaders in Crowland have welcomed the action taken against a teenage boy responsible for causing "undue harassment and distress" in the town.

A six-month injunction served on a 15-year-old boy alleged to have been involved in a spate of vandalism, disorder and bad behaviour in Crowland over recent months was described as "sad but necessary", by parish and district councillor Bryan Alcock.

Under the terms of the injunction, laid down by Boston magistrates on Monday, the boy could be hit with a supervision or detention order if he causes trouble anywhere in South Holland between now and mid-December.

Boston Magistrates; Court (2431586)
Boston Magistrates; Court (2431586)

The district-wide injunction means the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is at risk if he is caught misbehaving verbally, actively or meeting with a group of four people or more, except in specified circumstances.

Coun Cathie Elphee, chairman of Crowland Parish Council, said: "We are pleased to see positive action taken by South Holland District Council and the police against anti-social behaviour by an individual in Crowland.

Coun Cathie Elphee, chairman of Crowland Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG030817-206TW. (3010551)
Coun Cathie Elphee, chairman of Crowland Parish Council. Photo by Tim Wilson. Photo: SG030817-206TW. (3010551)

Coun Cathie Elphee, chairman of Crowland Parish Council, said: "We are pleased to see positive action taken by South Holland District Council and the police against anti-social behaviour by an individual in Crowland.

"The parish council has worked together with them for many months in trying to reach a solution for the problems the town has been facing.

"The majority of young people in Crowland are lovely, kind and friendly but, unfortunately, the mindless actions of a minority have, at times, led to all young people being unfairly tarred with the same brush.

"As a parish council, we would urge anyone who suffers from anti-social behaviour to report the incident to the police and to the district council's anti-social behaviour team.

"By working together we can all help to eradicate the problems recently experienced in Crowland."

Other conditions of the injunction prevent the boy from either throwing, or encouraging someone else to throw, an object or missile at any person or property, cause damage or encourage someone else to damage a property, knock on doors, ring bells or bang on windows anywhere in South Holland.

He is also not allowed to "display or encourage any rude, offensive, indecent, obscene or aggressive behaviour publicly, congregate in any bus shelter within Crowland, except when waiting for a scheduled school bus service or when accompanied by a parent".

The boy also faces court action if he is found in a group of four or more people anywhere in South Holland, except when at school or college, involved in a pre-arranged event there, or in any event "as approved by South Holland District Council,or the Youth Offending Service".

Councillor Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities at South Holland District Council, said: “We remain committed to tackling anti-social behaviour throughout the district but, to achieve this, it is so important that we are made aware of residents’ concerns through the correct channels.

Coun Gary Taylor (2004766)
Coun Gary Taylor (2004766)

Councillor Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities at South Holland District Council, said: “We remain committed to tackling anti-social behaviour throughout the district but, to achieve this, it is so important that we are made aware of residents’ concerns through the correct channels.

“South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire Police were able to obtain this injunction because of the willingness of the people of Crowland to report anti-social behaviour to us.

"I would like to thank all those who have worked on this case, as well as everyone who provided evidence, Crowland Parish Council and residents of Crowland for their continued support.”

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, said: "South Holland Police and South Holland District Council have worked tirelessly to address anti-social behaviour in Crowland and injunctions such as this are just one of the ways that we are able to do that.

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190517-200TW. (3010720)
Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG190517-200TW. (3010720)

Inspector Gareth Boxall, neighbourhood policing inspector for South Holland, said: "South Holland Police and South Holland District Council have worked tirelessly to address anti-social behaviour in Crowland and injunctions such as this are just one of the ways that we are able to do that.

"My hope is that the injunction will reduce anti-social behaviour in the town, not only but addressing this boy’s behaviour but also acting as a deterrent to others.

"Anti-social behaviour causes real misery to people’s lives and those who behave in an anti-social way repeatedly are likely to end up in court."

The court case followed extended work by the district council's anti-social behaviour team and police after residents of Crowland reported ongoing problems caused by the boy’s behaviour.

An injunction is designed to tackle repeated and ongoing anti-social behaviour, with those subject to them given significant opportunities to modify their behaviour before it is sought.

Coun Bryan Alcock, Crowland parish and district councillor, said: "Whilst we have to be pleased that decisive action has been taken, it is very sad that such action is necessary.

Coun Bryan Alcock, parish and district councillor for Crowland. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3010759)
Coun Bryan Alcock, parish and district councillor for Crowland. Photo by Tim Wilson. (3010759)

Coun Bryan Alcock, Crowland parish and district councillor, said: "Whilst we have to be pleased that decisive action has been taken, it is very sad that such action is necessary.

"Although we have to be grateful for the work of the various authorities, it has been through the persistence of the members of Crowland Parish Council that resources have been put into the town to help stem the long-running tide of anti social behaviour.

"Recently, Crowland Abbey has taken the brunt of the damage (read more here) which, by anyone's standards, is just about the pits in terms of bad behaviour.

"I hope that the work with the youngster and his family will be a turning point in improving the behaviour of what is a minority of youngsters in Crowland."



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