A TEENAGE thug has been banned from the estate that he terrorised in a two-year campaign of violence.

Jessie Volkert, 18, was the ringleader of a gang that brought misery to the Shadsworth estate in Blackburn.

Police celebrated the ruling yesterday as a victory for residents.

Volkert is currently serving 14-months in a young offender institute for offences of wounding, possessing an offensive weapon and making threats to kill.

After the case Sergeant Mark Cruise said: “He brought misery to the area and this ASBO is our way of saying to him: Don’t come back because you are not welcome.”

When he is released he will be banned from entering the estate except when making his way to his home address in Arran Avenue by a pre-determined route.

He has also been banned from loitering on that route, from Accrington Road, onto Rothesay Road and then Arran Avenue.

Sgt Cruise said: “This ASBO means he is banned from the main parts of Rothesay Road, the Spar shop and the community centre.

“He has behaved appallingly in the past and that is not something that we will tolerate.”

The application for an ASBO related to the period between January 2008 and April this year.

Volkert’s behaviour was described as 'aggressive, obnoxious and threatening' and there were numerous instances of wanton vandalism and trespassing on other people’s property.

Much of the violence was focused on the Spar, run by shopkeeper Tarsem Singh.

Mr Singh received abuse on numerous occasions and told how his customers were threatened and intimidated and on occasions physically prevented from entering the store.

Some were even attacked with stones and abused.

Earlier this year four youths were convicted of offences relating to behaviour at the shop. A 14 year old was made subject to a restraining order, two brothers were made subject to ASBOs and Volkert was jailed for 12 weeks for racially aggravated public order and harassment of staff.

PC Louise Briggs, who conducted the investigation into problems at the shop, said: “Volkert was the oldest of the group and could be seen as the ringleader."

Under the terms of the ASBO Volkert is prohibited from acting in an anti-social manner, being drunk in a public place within the borough of Blackburn with Darwen and entering Shadsworth except to get to his home address.