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A mug shot of a Lancashire teenager, who was given a two year ASBO for causing a nuisance for shop keepers in Bacup, is to feature in a leaflet campaign. Jamie Swain, 17, of Pennine Road, Bacup, had the two-year order granted against him on Monday 16 January at Reedley Magistrates Court.

This is the first time the campaign has been used in the town as part of a joint initiative between Lancashire Police and Lancashire Police Authority. The leaflets, which have been handed out to shop keepers and shoppers in Bacup town centre, are designed to inform people about the action taken by local police officers in a bid to reduce any further anti social behaviour while reassuring the public.

Over the last nine months, police received over 30 reports of anti social behaviour about Swain and his group of friends including shouting and swearing at business owners and shoppers, abuse towards shop staff, damaging property and throwing stones at taxis.

PCSO Chris Hamer said: “Swain is a persistent troublemaker who was causing problems for businesses and shoppers in the town centre.

“This clearly illustrates to the people of Bacup that the police take anti social behaviour very seriously. We are committed to working with residents and businesses to address anti-social behaviour and I would like to thank the local community for helping us to secure this order.

“Members of the community should not have to endure anti social behaviour taking place on their door step and I hope these leaflets help to reassure local residents and prevent any further issues in the town.”

Under the conditions of the ASBO, Swain is prevented him from:

    * Acting or inciting others to act in an anti social manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress in the Rossendale area
    * Being in the company of Carlton Hargreaves, Connor Stokes, Patrick Goodwin, Connor Doyle, Joseph Pilling or Garry Herbert in a public place
    * Entering or being in a defined area within Bacup
    * Entering or being in any building without the permission of the owner or person entitled to grant access

The order will remain in place until 15 January 2014. To report any breached of this ASBO or acts of anti-social behaviour, residents can contact the police on 101.


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