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Teenage Gang Leader Banned from Sainsbury's in Selby

Selby Town Centre

7:53am 19th February 2014

Calls about antisocial behaviour outside Sainsbury’s in Selby have seen a dramatic reduction after an 18-year-old man was issued with a harassment restraining order.

The police response to antisocial behaviour taking in place near Sainsbury’s store on Abbey Walk in Selby also saw a number of other youths issued with police banning notices.

In October 2013, Selby police recorded an increase in calls from the store about various incidents involving youths intimidating customers and being abusive to staff who tried to intervene.

Selby police quickly identified the suspected ring-leader of the group and the main antagonist of the behaviour.

The man, who was 17 at the time, was arrested and given conditional bail while officers carried out further investigations to gather evidence to take to court.

On 11 February 2014, the man appeared at York Youth Court and after pleading guilty to using threatening words and behaviour, he was issued with the six-month restraining order.

The order directs him not to enter Sainsbury’s in Selby or Abbey Walk car park other than to attend pre-arranged appointments at Connexions. He was also fined £50, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £85.

Sergeant Jackie Booth of Selby Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It is unacceptable for local people to be intimidated when going about their daily lives and for shop workers who try to intervene to be abused for doing so.

“Our response sends a clear message that such behaviour won’t be tolerated and action will be taken against anyone involved.

“We are pleased to report that calls for police assistance from the store have now dropped significantly.”

To report incidents of antisocial behaviour call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you wish to pass on information without giving your name, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

If your safety is threatened or you see a crime taking place, always call 999.

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