Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Crimes reported in 2005


The following press extracts report upon a small selection of the ASBOs and crimes recorded this year. Re-Solv is currently working with Dr R Flanagan to produce a listing of all crimes reported in the UK press over the last 10 years.

A Middlesborough man was banned from every Asda store for cutting the pipes on fuel pumps and sniffing petrol at its filling stations. He was given a four year ASBO and was also banned from going within 50 feet of any filling station in Cleveland. Police believe he may be responsible for as many as 50 similar incidents in the last two years of sniffing fuel on garage forecourts. When he has cut the pipes some customers have been soaked in petrol. His actions were said by the police to be dangerous and a risk to safety.

A 10-year old boy from Leeds became one of the youngest people in the country to be given an ASBO. He was accused of burglary, glue sniffing, assaulting a seven year old and throwing a scooter at a bus packed with school children. The boy is banned from using public transport, using or threatening violence against a person, committing burglary or carrying or throwing an offensive weapon, from entering areas of the city and ordered to stay away from 17 other young people.

A 40 year old man was banned from the whole of Workington town centre for offences including begging, urinating in public, shouting, swearing, solvent abuse and indecent exposure. His solicitor said that after years of solvent abuse Starkey cannot fully understand the ban. Shortly afterwards he broke the ban to use the needle exchange facilities at Boots.

A court in Greenwich was told that a 37 year old alcoholic drug addict, fatally stabbed 22 year old man twice in the heart after a series of rows about the victims preference for sniffing butane gas.

A 27 year old man was accused of beating a gay man to death and setting fire to his Weymouth flat. The Jury heard that he is suffering from a severe personality disorder following his use of solvents and drugs.

A robber from Bridlington, West Yorkshire, was convicted after he snatched cash and tins of lighter fuel from newsagents, was high on lighter fuel. Masked and carrying a bale hook in his pocket the robber forced the shopkeeper open the till and demanded £20 notes and four cans of lighter fuel.