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Plank-wielding ASBO teen avoids jail
A BOY has been spared jail despite breaching a strict anti-social behaviour order by carrying a plank of wood in a threatening way.
Aidan Murphy, aged 17, of Garside Hey Road, Brandlesholme, was given the ASBO aged 14 and was just two months from seeing it out.
But he was caught brandishing a large piece of wood and acting in a threatening manner on July 18.
That was a breach of the ASBO so he was ordered to appear at Bury Youth Court where he admitted the offence.
Murphy was sentenced during a hearing at the same court last Thursday and he was ordered to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.
He was also given a youth rehabilitation order, which has a supervision requirement.
The maximum sentence available for those breaching ASBOs is five years in custody.
In September, 2010, Murphy was handed the ASBO after magistrates were told that he caused residents considerable harassment, alarm and distress since he was aged 11.
He caused problems at Brandlesholme Library, the All Blooming Things florist shop, Tesco Express in Brandlesholme Road and Morrison’s Supermarket in Ramsbottom.
Murphy was banned from entering those buildings and from visiting Holme Avenue and Hayling Close.
Bury Council posted leaflets to homes in the area informing them of the restrictions placed on Murphy, who was pictured on the leaflet.
They included a ban from throwing objects and possessing matches or lighters.