Bridgwater teenager given injunction

A 15-year-old has been handed a six-month civil injunction as part of work to reduce youth crime in Bridgwater. The boy was issued an Anti-social Behaviour Injunction by Taunton Magistrates’ Court last month.

The boy was linked to more than 200 police reports made since March 2021. Most of these took place around Bridgwater town centre. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is associated with a group of youths who are well-known to neighbourhood police.

Police applied for the injunction in a bid to reduce the boy’s offending. This has included anti-social behaviour, assaults, burglary and public order offences.Ā 

The injunction has a series of restrictions. They are:

  1. He must not be in the company of eight named young people in a public place, other than in a supervised group activity such as at school.
  2. He must not threaten to hurt other people.
  3. He must not shout, spit or swear at other people.
  4. He must not be in a group of four or more people, including himself, in Bridgwater in public, unless accompanied by an appropriate adult.
  5. He must not enter Victoria Park in Bridgwater between 5pm and 11pm, unless accompanied by an appropriate adult.
  6. He must not obscure his face unless it is done for a medical reason.
  7. He must be at his home between 9pm and 7am, unless he is with an appropriate adult.
  8. He must attend appointments arranged by the Youth Justice Team.

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