NORTHWICH police have welcomed the ASBOs imposed on two teenage brothers – but insist they only apply for the controversial orders as a last resort.
Insp Pete Minghella, of Northwich Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU), said Asa and Aaron Garner were given numerous opportunities to curb their offending, but ignored them.
He told the Chronicle: “ASBOs are not applied for by the police as a knee jerk reaction, but form part of an ongoing strategy to address the behavioural problems of individuals.”
Insp Minghella and Vale Royal’s community safety manager, Ewan McHenry, staged a ‘final warning meeting’ with 16-year-old Asa, his parents and a solicitor in a bid to find an alternative solution to his offending.
But, he said, their advice “fell upon deaf ears”.
PC Fiona Datoo said: “I am pleased the courts have supported the application from Cheshire Police and hopefully we will now see a reduction in this type of behaviour in the area.”
Insp Minghella added: “We’ve now secured three crack house closures this year and five ASBOs, and none of it could have been possible without our partners from Vale Royal Borough Council and Weaver Vale Housing Trust, so I’d like to thank them.”