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Families urged to speak out on abuse

SOLIHULL police have urged people not to suffer in silence after a Chelmsley Wood teenager made life hell for one local family.

SOLIHULL police have urged people not to suffer in silence after a Chelmsley Wood teenager made life hell for one local family.

The 16-year-old who tormented the family with a campaign of anti-social behaviour has been issued with a series of court orders designed to halt his reign of terror.

Three of the teenager’s victims suffer from learning difficulties and were subjected to repeated verbal abuse while having their fences broken and objects thrown at their Oak Croft home.

The teenager was finally arrested by police following complaints from the family. PC Nicole Cummins said: “I’m grateful the family reported their problems to us. No-one should suffer in silence and we’d encourage anyone who’s experiencing anti-social behaviour to contact us”.

The teenager admitted the offences at Solihull Youth Court last week and has since been issued with a restraining order and entered onto a youth rehabilitation programme.

The judge also imposed a curfew order on the teenager which requires him to stay indoors between 8pm and 6am every day for at least the next three months.

An electronic tag will alert officers if he breaches the curfew.

The restraining order means the teenager is forbidden from contacting his victims, even through a third party, approaching them, or going near their property for 12 months.

The rehabilitation order involves carrying out unpaid work in the community and attending a victim awareness course to help him understand the effect his actions have on people. It also means having to report regularly to the police youth offending team for the next 18 months.

PC Cummins added: “The siblings are extremely happy at the outcome and feel much more secure knowing the offender is now prohibited from contacting them or going anywhere near their home.”

 

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