Menace threatened staff and abused special needs children

Menace threatened staff and abused special needs children

Menace threatened staff and abused special needs children

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A TEENAGE yob has been banned from a youth club after she threatened a pregnant worker and abused a group of special needs children.

Gemma Fair-hurst, aged 18, has been banned from Zacs Youth Bar in Farnworth, as well as two pubs after she hurled stones at their windows, as part of an Anti-social Behaviour Order.

The order was imposed after thug Fairhurst was warned several times to change her ways.

She had even agreed to follow an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, which meant she would behave, but broke the conditions, forcing Bolton Council to apply for the ASBO.

Fairhurst has now been banned from entering Zacs Youth Bar, behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, being in company with another young woman in a public place and failing to leave any premises, having been directed to leave by a member of staff.

And since she was ordered to comply with the ASBO, the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in Farnworth town centre and marker have dropped.

Sgt Jon Seeds, of Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “Gemma was provided one to one support by a local youth leader, however her behaviour was a rollercoaster of disruption and compliance.

“Unfortunately she was at the centre of many of the incidents that we have seen in Farnworth and as a result an ASBO was obtained.

“Farnworth town centre and Market at have seen a reduction of incidents and work continues with increased patrols over the half-term period and additional youth provision.”

Despite signing the Acceptable Behaviour Contract in May last year, Fairhurst was involved in a string of incidents at Zacs Youth Bar in Market Street.

On one visit she threatened a pregnant social worker and abused a group of young people with special needs who were attending a session there.

She also hurled stones at The Welcome Inn and The Saddle pubs in Farnworth.

Cllr Derek Burrows, Cabinet Member for Police and Community Safety at Bolton Council said: “We work very closely with the police to prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour.

“We will always try to work with individuals to prevent them repeating behaviour and wherever possible, go through a number of stages, including Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, but as a last resort, we will take them to court.

“We hope this demonstrates to others that we will continue to crack down on this type of behaviour.”

Farnworth Market is a historic meeting place for youths and around Easter last year police ran the Weekends project with young people, which included visiting cells and speaking to prison staff.

Sgt Seeds, of Bolton South Neighbourhood Policing team, said: “Any youths who are intent on causing anti social behaviour in Farnworth will be brought to account and can expect that similar action will be taken against them which has long term curtailment of their freedoms.

“Whilst perception of young people in Farnworth plays an emotive part in reports we receive, it is hoped through a high visibility of the police and direct action we can reassure Farnworth residents we will not tolerate poor behaviour from our young people.”

Zac’s Youth Bar refused to comment.

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