Court's overnight ban on teenager in town centre

A 19-YEAR-OLD who went on a rampage on the streets of Weston with a gang of friends has been banned from the town centre

A 19-YEAR-OLD who went on a rampage on the streets of Weston with a gang of friends has been banned from the town centre. James Fillingham, of Chesham Road North, was banned from the centre of Weston and given an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) at North Somerset Courthouse on Monday (April 30). Tom Emerson of the Crown Prosecution Service told the court how a dozen males had walked around Weston on a night out in February, kicking doors and windows and throwing rubbish out into the street and fighting. He said: "On a CCTV camera one male was seen to put his foot through the door of a shop. One member of the public hid in a doorway too frightened to step into the street until the group had passed."Later on, Fillingham picks up two black bags of rubbish and chucks them across the street. The group went to The Boulevard and the defendant pulled down a temporary road barrier. "The group continued down The Boulevard and one male threw a traffic cone through a car window."In an incident later on a group of males is seen fighting in the street. At first the defendant isn't involved. Fillingham later runs across the street and smashes a male in the face, knocking him to the ground."David Bird, defending, said: "Mr Fillingham knows his behaviour was quiet unacceptable but you must remember he was one of many. He was not the instigator nor the organiser as the prosecutor suggested. He was also not the one who smashed the car window with a cone. "He was arrested and charged with his involvement which is no worse than others in that group. Three other males were cautioned including the young male who caused criminal damage to a car window." Fillingham, who appeared in court dressed in jeans and a T-shirt, was charged with using threatening words or behaviour causing fear of unlawful violence and using threatening words or behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress. For the first charge he was given a 12-month community order and 200 hours unpaid work. For the second offence he was fined £300 and ordered to pay £60 costs. In addition, he was also given an ASBO for two years with an order not to cause, or incite others to cause, alarm or distress to anyone in Weston. Also he must not enter the town centre area between 6pm and 7am.


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