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ASBO for Rhydyfelin Teen

A Rhydyfelin teenager has been placed on a new ASBO just over a year after his last one expired, in a bid to create boundaries for him and keep him on the right track.

Anti Social Behaviour experts noted Matthew Dodd-Flemming’s behaviour had improved dramatically while he was on his first ASBO and deteriorated almost immediately after the order expired in September 2013.

As a result, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s award-winning Anti Social Behaviour team returned the 17-year-old, of Maes Ganol, back to court to secure a second ASBO, as part of the wider, partnership effort being made to protect the community from his behaviour and try and reverse his offending.

The latest catalogue of offences, committed in 2014, were presented to Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court on January 28 and include: firing an air-rifle out of a window, fighting in the street, exposing his rear end in Hawthorn High School, smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol in public, climbing scaffolding, looking into the windows of a residential home for the elderly and kicking balls at properties.

As well as being given evidence of the offending and the damage it was causing to the community, officers also explained to the court how Dodd-Flemming’s offending dramatically reduced while on the ASBO - and picked right up again as soon as the sanctions were lifted.

Officers stated it was clear strict boundaries were needed and that, in order to protect the community, a second order would be the best-possible solution for Dodd-Flemming, putting in place strict sanctions on his behaviour and the threat of immediate arrest and imprisonment

They stated it was clear he needed the boundaries that an ASBO put in place for him, and were keen to keep his behaviour in check – for the benefit of the community and the teenager himself – and keep him on the right path.

The court noted that Dodd-Flemming was soon to turn 18 and had plans to secure a job that removed him from the area and those who have an influence on his behaviour before issuing another two year ASBO banning him from:

  • Climbing on to any scaffolding or the roof of any property or building that does not belong to him.
  • Throwing any items such as stones, eggs or waste towards any person or property.
  • Playing ball games unless it is in a playing field, park or designated area for sports.
  • Using verbally abusive or threatening language or behaviour towards any other person.

 

The new order runs from January 28, when the case was heard in Pontypridd Magistrates’ Court, until 28thJanuary 2017.

The offending considered by the court before the order was secured included:

  • Being seen firing an air rifle out of the window of a house on April 28, 2014.
  • Being involved in a fight in Glan Y Nant on May 15, 2014.
  • Exposing his buttocks to staff at Hawthorn High on May 15, 2014.
  • Banging on the windows of a house in Brynfab Road on July 12, 2014.
  • Playing rugby on Maes Ganol and being seen to smoke cannabis and drink alcohol in public on August 7, 2014.
  • Seen playing football on Cedar Lane, before climbing onto scaffolding and peering into the windows of residents’ rooms at a home for the elderly on August 22, 2014.
  • After drinking alcohol and playing football in the street, was involved in a verbal altercation with staff at the same home on August 30, 2014.
  • Fighting on Maes Ganol on September 7, 2014.
  • Deliberately kicking a ball at the window of the McCalls shop front and becoming abusive when asked to stop on September 16, 2014.
  • Deliberately kicking a ball at the windows of McCalls newsagent and the Oasis Kebab shop and becoming abusive when asked to stop on September 17, 2014.
  • Drinking alcohol and playing loud music outside McCalls and verbally abusing staff who asked him to move on September 26, 2014.
  • The following day, was seen shouting abuse outside the Oasis Kebab house, leaning against cars and throwing eggs.
  • Seen trying to get dogs to bite staff in McCalls on September 30, 2014.
  • Stealing from McCalls on October 4, 2014.

David Jones, Head of Community Protection at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “We are committed to protecting the community of Rhydyfelin from unacceptable behaviour such as this.

“Matthew Dodd-Flemming is an unusual case as he did behave himself when he was on an ASBO, but began offending again almost immediately after the order was lifted.

“As a result, we have secured a second order and, once again, he faces immediate arrest and imprisonment if he decides to breach the terms of his ASBO.

“We hope this serves as a reassurance to the community that we are working as hard as we can for as long as it takes to manage an offender who causes such harm to the area in which he lives.

“We are aware Matthew has expressed an interest in growing up and getting a job that gives him a fresh new start away from those who have a negative influence on his behaviour. We sincerely hope he takes advantage of the assistance and opportunities that are on offer and moves forward with his ambitions – or he could find himself as the oldest man in Rhydyfelin still on an ASBO in decades to come.”