A Tylorstown teenager who “wreaked havoc” on the community by verbally abusing the elderly, disabled, gay and ethnic minority people and even children has received an Anti Social Behaviour Order following a catalogue of offences.
Officers from the Rhondda Cynon Taf Community Safety Partnership secured the court order against Aaron Llewellyn, aged 19 of Parry Street, Tylorstown at Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court. If Llewellyn acts in a manner contrary to the ASBO, he faces immediate arrest and prosecution.
The Court heard a catalogue of offences whereby Llewellyn intimidated the vulnerable and elderly by throwing objects at windows, banging doors, shouting verbal abuse at children and police officers and being abusive to mentally disabled residents.
Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court granted the two-year order, which runs until August 2015 after hearing a catalogue of evidence which took place between March and June 2013, including:
Llewellyn and another went to the home of an elderly man on Dolgwilym Street where they were ringing the bell and throwing stones at windows
Llewellyn and others were calling people names on East Road. When they did not react they became louder and blocked the pavement, making the people walk into the road to get around them
Llewellyn and others were shouting abuse and threats to harm and kill at a local man with learning difficulties
Banging on a door on East Road and shouting and swearing. The occupant is a 39-year-old man with mental health and learning difficulties
Llewellyn and others were near a footbridge between Tylorstown and Stanleytown when they shouted abuse of a sexual nature to a pair of 14-year-old girls
Llewellyn went to a home in East Road where a 55-year-old alcoholic male lives. Llewellyn banged on the window and kicked the door which he does most nights
Llewellyn and others sat on steps of the Tylorstown Welfare Hall on East Road where they were loud, disruptive and were swearing at the patrons. They were approached by staff and asked to move but refused and were abusive
Llewellyn approached a female Policy Community Support Officer where he was waving his arms, shouting and using foul language. Members of the public including children were present when he behaved in this way.
The Court also heard of 33 further incidents where Llewellyn behaved in an anti social manner between November 2008 and June 2011. These included:
Racially abusing a shopkeeper
Throwing rubbish bags at a property
Banging on windows and doors of properties
Throwing eggs in a shop in Tylorstown
Throwing stones and snowballs at a property
Kicking the door and banging windows of a property
Swearing outside Ferndale Community School
Being abusive to the police in public
Verbally abusing the teenage daughter of a PCSO
Refusing to leave Rhondda Fach Sports Centre where he was already banned
Intimidating customers at a newsagent
Sending abusive text messages
Shouting homophobic abuse at a gay couple walking along East Road
Standing in the garden of a gay man shouting homophobic abuse
As a result, the court granted an ASBO that bans Llewellyn from:
Associating in public with five named individuals one of which is also on an ASBO
Entering a designated area on East Road
From using verbally abusive or threatening language or behaviour towards any other persons
Contacting five named individuals
Engaging or acting in an anti social behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any other person.
Phil Bevan, Head of Community Safety, said: “We cannot and will not tolerate the behaviour of one person having such a negative impact on others. Llewellyn wreaked havoc on the people of Tylorstown and the effect he was having on residents, particularly the vulnerable, was appalling.
“It is hoped the ASBO will protect the public from the threatening and abusive behaviour he has previously engaged in but also provide him with the necessary support to change the direction of his life.
“This case demonstrates how partnership work can, and is, improving the quality of life for people in Rhondda Cynon Taf.”
The Community Safety Partnership, which coordinates and drives the efforts of partner agencies including Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, South Wales Police, South Wales Fire and Rescue, Probation and more, has a dedicated Anti Social Behaviour Team.
The award-winning unit comprises police officers and Council staff who work to stop issues arising in the first place by engaging with individuals and communities and, where further action is needed, step in to deliver solutions.
The team, which has a dedicated officer to support victims and witnesses, only seeks ASBOs when they are considered to be the most appropriate course of action. This focus is highlighted by the fact it has secured every ASBO it has ever applied for.