Saturday, 29 September 2007

BARRY/Wales: Two-year ASBO for town yob

Two-year ASBO for town yob

A 20-YEAR-OLD Barry man has been banned from shops and businesses across the town after a reign of terror saw him threaten and abuse staff.

Sean Collier also carried offensive weapons, attempted to damage property, and threw food at workers.

Now Collier, of Lakin Drive, has been issued with a two-year ASBO, banning him from harassing traders and shoppers in the town.

Appearing at Barry Magistrates' Court, Collier was also convicted of assaulting a police officer - for which he received a 12 month suspended prison sentence.

The Chairman of Barry's award-winning crime prevention scheme PACT (Preventing Antisocial Crime Together) is delighted with the court's action in banning Collier from the premises of all PACT members.

Dave Sharpe said: "Sean Collier getting his ASBO is the best possible news for PACT.

"A considerable amount of hard work goes on behind the scenes to obtain this form of order.

"For PACT members, filling in their referral forms builds up a pattern of behaviour.

"This is a fantastic result and I wish to thank the Vale of Glamorgan Anti-Social Behaviour Unit for all their hard work."

PACT works at reducing business-related crime by keeping tabs on known criminals.

Using a radio network, retailers work with CCTV operators to monitor anti-social behaviour in the town - creating a database of photographs and offenders names.

Collier is the second person to be given an ASBO after prolific shoplifter Kyle Butts was issued with one in May, after being identified by PACT members.

Like Collier, under the terms of the order Butts was banned for two years from entering any PACT shop or commercial premises.

If Collier breaches the conditions of the order, he will be committing a criminal offence, which could bring the maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a £5,000 fine - or both.

By working with police many of the scheme's 53 members - including ABP, Boots, Tesco, and New Look - acknowledge PACT has dramatically reduced crime in Barry.

PC John Jones, Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for the Vale Police, said: "It shows that where businesses collaborate to reduce crime and anti social behaviour, it also benefits the wider community by making business premises safer for staff and customers."

**Anyone interested in joining Business PACT should contact PCSO Rhiannon Harris on 07970736885 or Dave Sharpe on 07886074231.

Under the terms of the order, Collier is not permitted to: * Enter any shop or commercial premises as listed in the PACT Business against crime exclusion notice made against the defendant.

* Enter any part of Tesco store, Stirling Road, Barry as outlined by the red dash line (see map).

* Do or say anything that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person or encouraging or assisting others to do so in the Vale of Glamorgan.

If anyone is aware of Sean Collier breaching his ASBO please contact Vale Police on 029 20222111 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555111.

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