'Stay out of town centre'

A 13-YEAR-old yob has been banned from the centre of a West Yorkshire market town after shoppers and traders said he made their lives hell.

Jacob Feldman, of Avondale Villas, Thorner was given an interim anti-social behaviour order banning him from most of Wetherby town centre by Leeds magistrates to run until another hearing next month .

Yesterday's hearing was told the teenager may now be going to boarding school in Halifax.

Insp Marcus Griffiths, from the Neighbourhood Policing Team at Wetherby Police Station, said the allegations against Jacob concerned "constant and persistent" anti social behaviour in the town centre and in nearby communities.

"This behaviour would come across as intimidating to passers-by and shoppers and this is what we have been wanting to combat," Insp Griffiths added.

"Certainly incidences outside one particular shop have fallen to zero since the interim Asbo was put in place which obviously indicates for us that it's working."

Jacob has also been banned from other parts of the town and prohibited from causing alarm, distress or harassment to people in West Yorkshire.

Richard Desforges, prosecuting for Leeds City Council, told the magistrates : "You are assisted in your decision today by the fact that the defendant feels that for this very short period of time it is just to make this order."

Mr Desforges said other terms of the order referred to the whole county because the offences alleged were committed in Wetherby.

"That is not where Jacob lives and it is anticipated he is going further afield," the court heard.

"It is mentioned in a letter from his solicitors that he may be going to a boarding school in Halifax area and I am told he has a place at this present time."

Mr Desforges said he is banned from three small areas of Wetherby but he would still be allowed to visit a sister there.

"The main routes through Wetherby are still open to him," he said.

The Asbo will run until October 19 and a pre-trial review of Jacob's case was adjourned until October 12.

Chairman of the bench Anthony Mulvaney told the boy: "Your behaviour has fallen below the standard we expect. It is in your own interests to behave properly and reasonably and courteously to everyone.

"Should you break the terms of the order, you will find yourself in very serious trouble."

Shopkeepers in Wetherby said here had been problems with teenagers in the town centre.

Wetherby Town Councillor Cindy Bentley, who runs a business in the town, said: "We have had a problem with youths congregating outside shops and being abusive to shopkeepers and to passers-by, and putting people off going into shops.

"I am pleased the police seem to have responded quickly to this.

"Particularly when trade is quite slow the last thing you want is people being put off coming into town."


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