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Boy burglar, 13, becomes borough's youngest person to get an ASBO

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A 13-year-old boy who burgled a family home has become Sutton's youngest person to get an ASBO.

Croydon Youth Court handed out the punishment on October 21, after the youth was found guilty of burgling the home in Collingwood Road, Sutton, on July 26, when he stole cash, bank cards, camera, mobile phone, e-reader and games console.

A driving licence taken in the burglary was also stolen but later found in a local park and returned to its owner.

In addition to the ASBO, the boy, who cannot be named because of his age, was made subject to a youth rehabilitation order, with a curfew, and told to pay a victim surcharge of £15.

The terms of the ASBO prohibit the boy from entering the Benhill estate, carrying a lighter or any devices that could be used to start a fire, associating with four other named youths, unless in school, and being in a public place with three or more people, unless accompanied by family or taking part in a school activity.

Breaching the order would mean he may get a fine and/or up to two years in prison.

The youngster may also be among the last in the UK to get a criminal ASBO, since government reforms replaced it with the Criminal Behaviour Order the day before his sentencing. However, because the case paperwork for the hearing started before the reforms became effective, the court issued him with an ASBO.

Sgt Graham Rice, who heads up Sutton's Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, said his officers were targeting groups of young people who are causing harassment, alarm or distress in local communities and act together to intimidate members of the public.

"If you belong to a group who cause anti-social behaviour we will come after you. We won't tolerate this sort of behaviour and we will act to do whatever we can to protect residents."

Sgt Rice added: "We want residents to report anti-social behaviour. The more information we have, and the more support we have from residents, then the more we can take action against groups of youths who cause misery in their local communities."

Anti-social behaviour can be reported to police on 101.

Boy burglar, 13, becomes borough's youngest person to get an ASBO


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