Snowballs and eggs earn boy, 12, Asbo

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A 12-year-old boy who terrorised a Blackpool neighbourhood has been banned from parts of the town.

The boy hurled eggs, snowballs, berries and stones at residents, and knocked on doors and ran off.

He cannot be named as Blackpool Magistrates imposed a court order banning his identity in the media at the request of the police, despite a challenge from the press bench. Lancashire Police called for an anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) on the boy and provided magistrates with a dossier detailing his bad behaviour.

Presiding magistrate, Sandra O’Donnell, told the boy: “The summer holidays are coming up and you need to find something to do so you don’t find time to do silly things.”

The Asbo bans him from behaving in an anti-social manner likely to cause harassment alarm or distress or from using foul language in Brunswick ward and areas of central Blackpool. He is also prohibited from contacting or attempting to contact various people.

Requesting for an order protecting his identity in the press, Rachel Fung for the police, said: “He is a very young boy of 12.

“His behaviour is of a restricted nature over a limited area and number of people.”

The magistrates agreed, saying it was for the boy’s welfare and that victims would be informed of the Asbo.

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