TV joyrider in real life reign of terror

A TEENAGER who starred in a TV drama set on a Leeds estate was today named and shamed as the troublemaker behind a reign of terror in the area.

Lee Brimble played a joyrider in the follow-up to the acclaimed Channel 4 programme Tina Goes Shopping, which showed the gritty side of life on Halton Moor.

But now an anti-social behaviour order has been slapped on 16-year-old Brimble after he was pinpointed as a leading figure in a gang which has been wreaking real-life havoc on the estate.

The order was imposed after magistrates heard how the youth was convicted of public order offences, criminal damage and theft; had verbally abused and threatened staff at the council’s local one-stop shop and had provoked numerous complaints from fed-up residents.

Brimble had been tipped for a bright future in acting after getting his big chance as Muffy in last year’s Tina Takes A Break.

Coun Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and regeneration, said: “No one should have to live in fear of being attacked or having their property stolen or vandalised.

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“This case should send out an important message to those who cause misery and suffering to others living in their community.”

The order was obtained following a joint investigation by police, housing officials and the council’s anti-social behaviour unit.

It states that Brimble must not harass or cause alarm or distress anywhere within the Leeds City Council boundaries and also bars him from attending his estate’s one-stop shop without a prior appointment.

If the teenager is found to have breached those conditions then he could face a heavy fine or imprisonment.

Lee Brimble is officially registered at his mother’s house on Kendal Drive. The single parent says she is unable to control her son and he is a law unto himself.

He went to live with his grandfather for a spell and stays over with friends. He does not work and has already left school.

• Brimble is not the first member of the cast of the Tina... programmes to fall foul of the law.

Last year one of the stars of 1999’s Bafta-nominated Tina Goes Shopping, Gwynne Hollis, was jailed for 12 months after being caught in possession of drugs with an estimated street value of more than 30,000.

Ironically, in the programme 44-year-old Hollis had played a drug dealer, a role he said had “upset” him.

paul.robinsons@ypn.co.uk