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Police warn that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated

[P]olice are warning young people that antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated.

 This follows an incident of antisocial behaviour by 18-year-old Luke Hunter of Castle Heads Drive, Carlisle, who appeared at Carlisle Magistrates Court yesterday (27th July).

 Hunter was found guilty for harassing and intimidating a member of staff at McDonalds, Scotch Street, Carlisle, over a period of time. This not only caused distress to the victim but also to other customers and staff who were in the restaurant at the time of the offence.

His court appearance resulted in £85.00 court costs, £60.00 compensation to the victim and 100 hours community service over 12 months.

He was also give a Restraining Order valid until 26/7/2020 with the following prohibitions:

  • Contacting members of McDonalds Food Outlet on Scotch Street, Carlisle, in any way;
  •  Entering Scotch Street, Carlisle, and Rosemary Lane, Carlisle;

 Hunter is also banned from entering Scotch Street and Rosemary Lane for a period of 4 years.

Sergeant Chris Blain of Cumbria Constabulary, said: “Police are continuing to increase patrols in the city centre following a number of reports of large groups of young people causing issues in fast food outlets and harassing members of the public. Whilst the majority of the issues are been caused by a few individuals, those part of the group may also find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

“There has been several assaults have recently being reported in the city centre, which are currently under investigation and includes an assault on an elderly victim.

“We are aware that the city centre is historically a meeting place for young people. It is a safe area due to being traffic free.  It is not our intention to prevent this from occurring however we have to consider the safety for all users and residents in the city centre and we will take positive action.

“Police along with partners in the city council and Riverside, McDonalds and local residents are working towards reducing the issues and may introduce new antisocial behaviour legislation in a bid to combat the issues. This would include community protection notices.

“We urge parents to support police action in this matter. Names and addresses are currently been recorded and letters will be sent to parents to those found to be part of groups causing a nuisance.”

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