ASBO Bacup teenager used as 'poster boy' for police crackdown

First published in Bacup Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A TEENAGER who caused mayhem in Bacup is being used as a poster boy for a new police public disorder campaign.

Seventeen-year-old Jamie Swain was responsible for more than 30 flashpoints in the town centre before he was given a two-year anti-social behaviour order.

Now Swain, of Pennine Road, Bacup, is being featured on leaflets which are set to be handed out to customers and shopkeepers.

Police community support officer 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.

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

Swain is banned from misbehaving in the borough of Rossendale and associating with six named fellow troublemakers.

He is also not permitted to enter the town centre and prohibited from entering any building without permission.

Gangs of youths shouting and swearing at shop staff and shoppers was a common problem in Bacup in 2011. The town also earned the unwanted reputation as being the only Lancashire location directly affected by last year’s riots.

Swain’s ASBO lasts until January 2014 and anyone who spots him breaching the order can contact police on 101.

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