Streets ban on teenager

PUBLISHED: 10:39 30 November 2006 | UPDATED: 11:17 06 May 2010

Thomas Gatier

Thomas Gatier

A TEENAGER has been barred from setting foot on two streets anytime within the next three years. Thomas Gatier, 17, was told he would be barred from entering Nightingale Way and Willian Way, both in Baldock, as a condition of an ASBO being imposed on him

A TEENAGER has been barred from setting foot on two streets anytime within the next three years.

Thomas Gatier, 17, was told he would be barred from entering Nightingale Way and Willian Way, both in Baldock, as a condition of an ASBO being imposed on him at Stevenage Youth Court last week.

It follows a spate of anti-social behaviour earlier this year which left nearby residents living in fear.

Gatier, formerly of Willian Way but now living in Grays, Essex, was also told he must not consume alcohol in a public place except in a licensed premises once he turns 18.

Other conditions of the ASBO prohibit him from carrying bottles, or cans of alcohol, or poles or bats except when taking part in an organised sporting activity or lawful employment; using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour to people in a public place; not to contact certain named persons; not to throw objects in public except as part of an organised sporting activity or employment.

Each of the conditions will be in place for the next three years.

Speaking in court last Thursday, district judge Deborah Wright said: "I think it's accepted that his behaviour has caused harassment, alarm and distress to people not living with him.

"I find, bearing in mind the concentrated period, Thomas did horrendous acts. People could suffer further in his hands.

"I have to decide what conditions are necessary to protect the public."

Nick Staples, defending Gaiter, said: "He doesn't need to go to into those roads or pass through as he won't be coming to the area as much.

"There is already a break in his behaviour. He has moved to a new area and things are already improving."

However, Judge Wright called Gaiter's change in behaviour "embryonic" and decided to grant the ASBO.

Speaking afterwards, Baldock community officer Steve Gibbs, of Hertfordshire Police, said: "The outcome of this particular ASBO represents the court as backing up the community safety team and all the work we are doing to make the streets a safer place. The extensive conditions imposed reflect that.

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