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Accrington teenager on anti-social behaviour order

A YOUNG burglar has been made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order for a period of two years.

A YOUNG burglar has been made the subject of an anti-social behaviour order for a period of two years.

Wesley Walmsley of Clement Street, Accrington, became the latest young offender to be "named and shamed'' in a hearing at Hyndburn Magistrates Court on Friday.

When the 15-year -old was made the subject of an interim order in February, he was ordered to observe a 7am to 7pm curfew and stay out of a large area of Accrington town centre where shops and commercial premises are located.

These restrictions no longer apply to his activities. However, the order does insist that he should enter any property in Hyndburn without the permission of the owner. He will also breach the order if he is involved in any acts of criminal damage or public order offences.

Wesley's career as a burglar began at the age of nine and the 34 offences he has been responsible for over a five-year period include two for assaulting police officers. He also has two convictions for possessing cannabis resin.

Mr Graeme Parkinson, representing Wesley said the interim order had worked well in keeping his client out of trouble.

He commented: "Even the police have been surprised at his recent behaviour.''

Speaking after the hearing Sergeant Claire Holbrook, of Accrington police said: "The police will continue to use any legal means at their disposal to take robust action against anyone else who behaves in this way towards the general public in the area.''

Wesley's family was overtaken by tragedy six years ago when his elder sister Jane died in a chip pan blaze at the family's former home in Lister Street, Accrington.

The Moorhead High School pupil was 13 at the time.


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