Two year ASBO imposed on rowdy Fenland teenager

MAGISTRATES have slapped a two year ASBO on a rowdy March teenager who has been regularly verbally abusive in the town, annoying residents by her shouting and swearing in the street.

And now the police are calling on the public to help ensure that 18-year-old Anne-Marie Mears keeps to the terms of her anti-social behaviour order.

“Mears has made a nuisance of herself, and this nuisance caused harassment, alarm and distress to residents,” said Sgt Dave Bax.

“The police would like any information about breaches committed by Mears. The neighbourhood policing team, Accent Nene Housing and Fenland District Council have worked closely with residents of Yarrow Close and Russell Avenue to obtain the ASBO on Mears.

“The Housing Association will be out and about in the neighbourhoods, delivering leaflets confirming the conditions of Mears’ ASBO, with a picture of her.”

Reprsenting the Constable at Wisbech courthouse, Andrew Logan said Mears had caused a lot of upset to residents in Yarrow Close and Russell Avenue in particular.

“She drinks in the street with a number of friends, and her behaviour becomes rowdy,” he said.

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“This behaviour has been ongoing for a number of years. It all stems from her drinking in public places, causing upset to other residents.

A schedule of incidents that Mears accepted was shown to the magistrates. It gave details of her shouting and swearing in Yarrow Close on April 27; shouting and swearing at police late at night on June 5; and making threats and being dispersed by police on June 7.

Earlier this year, Mears was given an interim anti-social behaviour order.

The new two year order prevents her from

* Abusing, insulting, harassing or swearing at anyone in a public place in Fenland.

l Entering or remaining in Yarrow Close, March.

l Having an open container of alcohol in a public place, except for licensed premises.

l Being in the company of three or more people in a public place between 10pm and 7am, unless in the course of her employment, anywhere in Fenland.

At the earlier hearing, magistrates were told that Mears, formerly of Russell Avenue, March, had no settled address.

Presiding magistrate Peter Waterfield told her: “We find that you have acted in an anti-social manner and people need to be protected from any further acts committed by you.”

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