ASBO for 12 year old

Michael Hamilton, aged 12, of 10 Riding Close, Clock Face, St.Helens has been issued with a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) at St.Helens Magistrates Court - Thursday 4th April.

St.Helens Council made the application following a number of complaints from residents and local business in the Four Acre Shopping precinct about his nuisance behaviour which included:

  • Throwing mud and egg at elderly residents windows in the Clock Face area;
  • Climbing onto roofs of buildings;
  • Swearing at residents and staff working on the Four Acre Lane Shopping Centre;
  • Intimidating members of the public with his behaviour;
  • Asking a member of the public to purchase a box of fireworks for him; and
  • Setting fire to fencing.

Michael Hamilton's two year order prohibits him from:

  • Engaging in conduct causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person not of the same household as himself.
  • This may include, but is not limited to,
  • Shouting and swearing
  • Lighting fires or attempting to light fires
  • Climbing onto or being on the roof of any building
  • Having fireworks or lighter in his possession.
  • Being within the Four Acre Lane shopping Centre and surrounding area unless he is accompanied by named members of his family.
  • Associate with Leon Goodier, Nathan Williamson, David Williamson or Anthony Thompson in any public place.

Councillor Richard McCauley, Cabinet Member for Environmental Protection and Safer Communities said: "It is vital that young people understand the consequences of their bad behaviour which could easily lead them into a life of crime. No one has the right to make other people's lives a misery and we will continue to work with our partners to clamp down on bad behaviour."

Jason Pulford , Acting Neighbour Inspector for the Clock Face area, added: "Michael Hamilton is now seeing the consequence of his behaviour. I want to send a clear message to those individuals who cause misery to others that Merseyside Police will not tolerate anti social behaviour and we will continue to work with St Helens Council and other partners to take action against those who continue to bring misery to the lives of people who live and work in the Clock Face area.

It is important for the local community to report any breach of Michael Hamilton's ASBO to the Police on 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to ensure that swift action can be taken. If found guilty of a breach of an ASBO Michael could be liable on conviction to a two year detention and training order, a fine or both.