Teen first to be hit by new booze law

Kieran Aspinall
Kieran Aspinall

AN ATHERTON teenager has become the first in Greater Manchester to be convicted of persistently possessing alcohol in a public place.

Kieran Aspinall, of Devonshire Road, pleaded guilty at Wigan and Leigh Youth Court to the offence, which falls under Section 30 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009.

The 16-year-old also pleaded guilty to a public order offence by causing harassment, alarm or distress.

He was sentenced to a six-month youth rehabilitation order with supervision and a 12-hour attendance centre order.

Police brought the prosecution after Aspinall was seen drinking alcohol in public on seven different occasions in the last 12 months.

Officers teamed up with Wigan Council and the Youth Offending Service in an attempt to deal with Aspinall’s repeated anti-social behaviour.

In January 2010 he signed an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement, undertaking not to behave in ways that caused alarm, harassment or distress. Part of this agreement was not to consume alcohol in public places.

But he repeatedly breached this agreement and was caught drinking alcohol seven times between January and November. Sgt John Connor, of the Atherton, Tyldesley and Astley Neighbourhood Team, said: “Kieran Aspinall was given countless chances to stop his bad behaviour yet he chose to ignore them to continue to drink in public, causing the community problems.”

Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Neighbourhoods, Coun Kevin Anderson, said: “An entire community can be affected by the behaviour of one or two individuals, so this result sends a clear message to offenders that threatening, abusive and intimidating behaviour will not be tolerated and if it persists, it will be dealt with at the highest level.”

Aspinall was also made subject to a criminal anti-social behaviour order (CRASBO) which prohibits him from possessing or buying alcohol, using threatening behaviour, congregating in a group and also bans him from an exclusion area covering Atherton town centre and Tesco at Atherton.

The full conditions are as follows:

n Having in his possession any open can/bottle/vessel containing alcohol;

n Purchasing any alcohol while under the age of 18;

n Using foul/abusive/insulting or threatening words or behaviour to any person not of the same household;

n Congregating in a group of more than four within the local area.