A teenage boy, whose abusive behaviour left Preston residents feeling frightened and intimidated, has been handed a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO).
Aaron Knowles, 14, of Broadgate, appeared at Preston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Under the conditions of the Order, Knowles has been banned from the Broadgate area and has been prohibited from using foul and abusive language towards people within the Riversway area.
Police said Knowles was part of a group that had been blighting the lives of residents in the Broadgate area and was involved in several incidents, including assaults, stone throwing, criminal damage, loitering around local shops and businesses, and being abusive towards people living in the vicinity.
He has also been banned from being in the company several youths aged between nine and 19 on both sides of Fishergate Hill, and is not allowed to associate with two others in Broadgate unless accompanied by an adult family member.
Broadgate Community Beat Manager PC Carl Ingram said: “Aaron Knowles has been making life a misery for a large proportion of the Broadgate neighbourhood.
“Residents were practically queuing up to make complaints as I patrolled the area. People were saying that the noise and the abuse was making them ill to the point where they were wanting to move away from the area.
“We are committed to making sure Preston is not blighted by this type of behaviour and we will continue to use tactics such as ASBOs to improve the quality of life for local residents.”