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Teen banned from parts of Henbury after public order offences

Anthony Martins

A teenager who has admitted carrying out antisocial behaviour in Henbury has been handed a court order banning him from the area.

Anthony Martins, 18, pleaded guilty to three public order offences, for causing harassment, alarm or distress, when he appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Wednesday 24 November.

Earlier this week he verbally abused two PCSOs and a PC carrying out high-visibility patrols in the area and was arrested and subsequently charged.

Martins, from Brentry, was handed a community order, a six-week overnight curfew and a two-year community behaviour order. The latter prevents Martins from entering parts of Henbury marked on the map, including Crow Lane and Station Road.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Richard Jones said: “We are acutely aware of community concerns around antisocial behaviour and our message is we’re listening.

“Off the back of high-visibility patrols, we’ve been able to take proactive action against a teenager who was acting antisocially. We welcome the court’s decision to put in place a legal restriction preventing Martins from returning to the area and continuing to be a nuisance to the community – should he enter the prohibited area he could find himself back in court.

“We’d please urge anyone who experiences issues around antisocial behaviour in their neighbourhood to make sure they report it to police, either online or via 101, to help us build up a comprehensive understanding of what is going on so we can try to put a stop to it.”

PCC Mark Shelford added: “The court’s decision of a legal restriction for Martins is a step in the right direction and was made possible thanks to the proactive work of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team.

“Antisocial behaviour can impact people’s everyday lives so it is essential that police and statutory agencies continue to address this crime to ensure local residents feel safe in their neighbourhoods, towns and cities.”