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Teen Criminal Behaviour Order

South Wales Police have secured a criminal behaviour order for a teenager from Hirwaun.

Kyle Townsend, who’s 17, has been banned from entering specified areas in surrounding towns and villages at night, namely Mountain Ash and Aberdare.

Mountain Ash Exclusion Zone
Aberdare Exclusion Zone

A total of four prohibitions were granted at Merthyr Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 31st October, following an application by local police officers.

If Kyle Townsend breaches the order he is committing a criminal offence and faces being sent to a young offender’s institution.

As well as being banned from entering specified areas of Aberdare and Mountain Ash between 6pm and 7am, the order also requires that:

  • He must not be under the influence of any intoxicating substance in a public place;
  • He must not use any abusive or threatening words or behaviour towards any person in a public place.

Local Policing Inspector Rob Blunt said:

“The police service works with a number of organisations in order to divert young people away from the criminal justice system.

“However, there are some instances where we have no other option but to take action through the courts, for the sake of the individual and the wider community.

“Criminal Behaviour orders really are a last resort – failure to comply with the orders almost certainly result in its subjects being given a custodial sentence.

“I hope that this individual uses this as an opportunity to make some very necessary changes before that happens.”

South Wales Police have added that you can help manage the order by reporting any breaches to 101 giving reference *382014.