A teenager who has ‘plagued’ a no-go zone for cycling and swearing

A teenager from Wirral, who ‘tormented his neighbours’ with his anti-social behaviour, has been banned from activities such as cycling for two years.

Joel Bowden, 17, was brought to the attention of Merseyside Police and the Wirral Anti-Social Behavior Team by members of the public and business owners in and around New Ferry.

The criminal behavior order was made at Liverpool Juvenile Court earlier this month. It expires on June 7, 2024.

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Under the order, Bowden must not:

1. Riding a bicycle on any curb or riding a bicycle in a reckless or unsafe manner.

2. Ride on any two- or four-wheeled motorcycle in a public place unless the holder of a driver’s license does so and the vehicle is insured.

3. Use threatening, abusive, rude or insulting words or behavior likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress or fear to any person, or threaten violence and behave in a disorderly manner towards members of the public throughout the Metropolitan Borough of Wiral.

4. Stay in any shop or business premises located in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral when asked to leave by a member of staff working in that business.

Wirral Local Police Chief Inspector Tom Welch welcomed the order saying: ‘This order will, I am sure, be great news for the residents of the New Ferry area, some of whom have been tormented by Bowden’s behavior. This is a great example of how the police, our partners and our community work together to address anti-social behavior.

“People need to understand that if they are making people’s lives a misery through anti-social behavior, we will use the full force of the law to deal with them. Criminal behavior orders continue to be a hugely effective tool and our Successful application for the CBO in this case demonstrates our commitment to dealing firmly with repeat offenders who negatively impact the community.

“If Bowden breaches the terms of this order, he will be arrested, returned to court and subject to further action. Rest assured that any reports similar to Wirral will be treated with the same rigor.”

If you are experiencing persistent anti-social behavior issues you should report this to Wirral Anti-Social Behavior by calling 0151 777 2018 or emailing the team at: [email protected]

You can also report incidents of anti-social behavior to Merseyside Police via 101, in cases where an immediate response is required please call 999.

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