WISBECH: Teenager jailed for breaching her ASBO twice within weeks of it being issued

WEB EXCLUSIVEA TEENAGER has been sent to prison for three months after breaching an anti social behaviour order twice within weeks of it being issued. Elizabeth Manning, 19, from Wisbech, breached the order twice in seven days when she was caught in a pu

WEB EXCLUSIVE by: TOM JACKSON

A TEENAGER has been sent to prison for three months after breaching an anti social behaviour order twice within weeks of it being issued.

Elizabeth Manning, 19, from Wisbech, breached the order twice in seven days when she was caught in a public place as part of a group of three or more people.

This week, after she was sentenced, Sergeant Dave Bax said: "Her activities caused a disproportionate level of harm to our community and her sentence should demonstrate to other individuals on ASBO's what the penalty for breaking them is." Manning, of Southwell Road, was made the subject of an ASBO in August and banned from much of Wisbech town centre for two years, for committing a catalogue of offences in the town. Fenland magistrates, however, heard on Tuesday that Manning breached that ASBO on September 1 and September 8 by being in a group in public areas of Wisbech. Manning's jail sentence came in the same week that a man was issued with an ASBO preventing him from entering most of Wisbech, and every retail premises within the town's Shopwatch scheme.


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Jonathan Holmes, 41, who has more than 200 convictions to his name, is only allowed in the town centre if he has arranged appointments, or if he is waiting for a bus at Freedom Bridge roundabout or the Horsefair Shopping Centre.

Sgt Bax said: "This individual is a prolific shoplifter in Wisbech. His crimes are mainly aimed at shops in the town centre, and his mere presence caused staff in those shops harassment, alarm and distress.

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"Police and the courts have looked closely at his conditions, and will ensure that they are enforced.

"People committing anti-social behaviour shouldn't feel that an ASBO is a badge of honour. If they breach it, then we will act against offenders.

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