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Youth banned from parts of Farncombe, Godalming and Guildford

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Youth banned from parts of Farncombe, Godalming and Guildford

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 3:39pm 9th March 2020.

A young person has been banned from entering certain parts of Farncombe, Godalming and Guildford after Surrey Police secured a Criminal Behaviour Order. 

It was after multiple reports of antisocial behaviour from a small group of young people in Farncombe over the past few months. 

It included verbal abuse, criminal damage and fighting at local train stations.

Officers worked with partner agencies including local councils in order to identify those responsible and obtain the evidence to take the matter to Surrey Youth Court. 

A Criminal Behaviour Order has been granted for 12 months on an individual, who is under the age of 16, preventing them from:

  • Behaving in a manner which causes unreasonable annoyance or disturbance in a public place.
  • Entering exclusion zones in Farncombe, Godalming or Guildford when not accompanied by a parent or attending a place of work or education.
  • Associating in public with other named persons. 

Inspector Gary Smith, Borough Commander for Waverley said he wanted to assure local residents that the police are taking antisocial behaviour seriously:

“The first thing that must be acknowledged is that the local community have suffered because of the poor behaviour of a minority of youths.

“I know that at times the community may have felt that little was being done to tackle these issues, but I can assure that a lot of work was going on behind the scenes and I hope this reassures the Farncombe community.

"The fact that this individual went to court, proves how seriously we are taking this.

“I hope that the presence of the court order will be felt within the community and that the issues that have been faced by local residents will now show a marked decrease.

"Whilst we will always do all that we can to teach younger members of our society boundaries that mean their behaviours do not adversely impact others, having taken the decision to place a youth before the court demonstrates that we will ensure that criminal offences will be dealt with by the most appropriate means, regardless of an offenders age.”

This Criminal Behaviour Order falls into a wider investigation which remains ongoing.