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Monday 07 March 2016, 3:25 PM

Two 17-year-old boys were given two civil injunctions at Gloucester Youth Court on Friday 26 February.

Over the past 18 months, Gloucestershire Constabulary received over 40 complaints from residents in George Readings Way in Cheltenham about gangs of youths causing anti-social behaviour in the area. The nature of the behaviour ranged from shouting and swearing to throwing objects at residents and their houses.

PC Frances Oliffe, of the Cheltenham local policing team, said: “Both youths, who live in Cheltenham, were identified as being repeatedly involved in incidents of anti-social behaviour in George Readings Way and the immediate area. Neither of the pair live in George Readings Way and would only go to the area to deliberately provoke local residents. We apply for civil Injunctions as a last resort. Both youths ignored repeated warnings by the police to behave and not to go to the area.

“These two individuals have made the local residents miserable. No-one should feel threatened and unsafe on their estate. We hope this action taken shows our determination and commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour.”

Cllr Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member for development and safety, said: "Anti -social behaviour of this sort is totally unacceptable. The borough council will continue to work closely with the police, to ensure that people who inflict this sort of misery on local residents are identified, and action is taken to tackle the problems they cause."

The injunctions, which last for one year, forbid the two boys from causing a nuisance or annoyance to any person in Cheltenham and prohibited from entering George Readings Way. The court also ordered them to engage with Education, Training and Employment Services.