COURT: Honiton teen given ASBO

Victoria Williams faces prison if she doesn’t behave. Last chance for troublemaker.

A TEENAGER from Honiton has been given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) after repeated complaints to police about her behaviour in the town.

Victoria Louise Williams, 19, of George Street, was made the subject of the ASBO for two years by Central Devon Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, January 4).

Alcohol was cited as being a cause of Williams’ problems.

Pc Ian Atyeo, neighbourhood beat manager, told the court that Williams and a group of other people had been found drinking in parts of the town where alcohol is prohibited.

He said they had been told “until blue in the face” that this was not acceptable.

The proceedings were brought by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary after a series of reports that Williams was engaging in anti-social behaviour.

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The court heard her actions had intimidated members of the public as well as caused a nuisance.

Williams was given an interim ASBO on October 18 last year and no further offences had been reported since then.

The court heard concerns from police that, if an order was not made, it was likely Williams would revert back to her previous behaviour.

Community Safety Officer for East and Mid Devon Gerry Moore aid that Williams’ anti-social behaviour had been a problem for some time but had escalated last year.

The chairman of the bench, Mr A’Court, said: “We have heard that your behaviour improves when you are subject to court orders and declines when specific orders finish.

“We do believe it is necessary to grant the application due to the succession, serious frequency and overall totality of anti-social incidents you have been involved in. We believe it is reasonable to prevent further anti-social incidents in the locality.

“We very much hope the Anti-Social Behaviour Order will help you conduct your life in a more responsible way and that you will no longer have complaints about you given to the police.

“Any breach of this order will mean you will be brought before the court and could face a prison sentence.

“This is an opportunity for you to go on with your life and no longer be the subject of complaints from people and police visits.

“You are in work and we hope this will be the way forward and that we don’t see you in court.”

Williams is not allowed to associate with named individuals, must not congregate in a group in the town and is the subject of an exclusion zone from parts of Honiton.

Full details in next week’s Midweek Herald.