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Cardiff teenager given Asbo and banned from several city streets

A 15-year-old boy has been banned from five streets in Cardiff after police said he failed to appreciate “the extent of his behaviour”.

Benjamin Laurance James was handed a two-year Asbo at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court’s youth court, banning him from entering a number of Canton streets.

Those include Railway Terrace, Wyndham Place, South Morgan Place, and the area between Cowbridge Road East and Wellington Street – except for Canton Community Centre and the football park.

He was also banned from throwing objects at people or property.

South Wales Police applied for the order which, if breached, carries on conviction a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years, or a fine, or both.

Canton neighbourhood officer PC Brett Coates said: “We and other agencies have tried to engage with Ben James but his anti-social behaviour has continued and has in fact worsened.

“We feel that he does not appreciate the extent of his behaviour and the effect it has on the people living in the Canton area.

“We applied for this order as unfortunately all other avenues have been exhausted.

“Anti-social behaviour orders give individuals an opportunity to abide by the conditions and to change their behaviour.

“If they do not take up this opportunity then they will be arrested and brought back before the courts.”

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