The Evening Post has successfully challenged an attempt to stop the press naming a youth who caused misery for residents and traders in Preston.
Callum Jackson, 16, formerly of the Callon estate, has been given a criminal behaviour order after a damning dossier of evidence was collected by police and victims about the behaviour of Jackson and his associates.
The Evening Post made representations in the case, highlighting it was in the public’s interest that the order was publicised in order to raise awareness with residents and business owners in the areas blighted by the group.
District Judge David Scanlon, sitting at Preston Magistrates’ Court, agreed, saying he had to balance the youth’s welfare with the public’s.
Insp Paul McLernon of Preston Police, said: “We are pleased to have secured this order as it will help prevent and reduce any further anti social behaviour in the area.”
Over a year, police say the group had been involved in an array of disorder and nuisance. Incidents were reported in Ribbleton Park, and reports were received of youths throwing stones at cars outside the Chocolate Box newsagents on New Hall Lane, and at McDonald’s on Deepdale Retail Park.
A shop owner on Blackpool Road reported his door had been kicked in by youths demanding he sell cigarettes.
And officers were called to a group setting off fireworks outside McDonald’s, Friargate.
Jackson is banned from engaging in or inciting anti social behaviour, from associating with six or more people, or named youths, in an area including Fulwood, Ingol, Tanterton, Ribbleton, the city centre, Avenham and Frenchwood. He will now live with his mum in Ashton, Preston.