Court sees CCTV of teenage yob

AN 18-YEAR-OLD who has admitted to walking the streets of Weston with a gang of friends, throwing rubbish around, pulling down temporary road barriers and knocking a man to the ground, could soon be hit with an antisocial behavioural order (ASBO). James F

AN 18-YEAR-OLD who has admitted to walking the streets of Weston with a gang of friends, throwing rubbish around, pulling down temporary road barriers and knocking a man to the ground, could soon be hit with an antisocial behavioural order (ASBO).James Fillingham, of Chesham Road North, pleaded guilty to two charges, one of using threatening words or behaviour causing fear of unlawful violence and one of using threatening words or behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges.The Crown Prosecution Service applied for an ASBO to be placed on Fillingham, who appeared in court dressed in a grey zip up top and black T-shirt, for 12 months.But David Bird, defending, said the young man did not seem to be the main ringleader in the incident and the ASBO should be for a shorter period of time.The court watched the events unfold via CCTV footage.Hugh Rogers, prosecuting, told the court how Fillingham, who committed the offences while on bail for assault, was spotted on camera walking down Meadow Street with 12 men at 1.20am on February 24.He said: "The defendant appeared to be pointing out things to members of the group to say they should kick this or kick that."They turn left into Orchard Street and throw around bin bags. Again it appears the defendant is pointing out things to be thrown."The group turns into the Boulevard and the defendant pulls down two temporary barriers. That is the end of the first incident."At about 2.10am the group is seen in James Street. The footage shows two men having a fight neither of which is the defendant."The defendant runs across the road and hits a man with his right forearm forcing him to fall to the ground. The defendant is seen getting into a Vauxhall Corsa and driving away."Fillingham was arrested on March 15 when the car was spotted in Weston.Mr Bird, defending, said: "It is not accepted to say in relation to the first incident that he is pointing out windows that should be kicked as though he is orchestrating the group."These young men are behaving in an unruly manner but he doesn't get involved in the worst of the behaviour."It is quite unfair to suggest he is the orchestrator simply because he is pointing to what people are doing. He accepts his behaviour was wrong. He accepts his behaviour would have caused people nearby reasonable distress."There was another incident in the Boulevard when a cone is thrown through the back window of a vehicle, which was nothing to do with him."The young man involved was arrested and cautioned for that offence."Mr Fillingham had no involvement in the incident that started the fight."Something happens he runs across the road and does hit the man with his forearm. The person got up and walked away."In relation to the application for an ASBO, it invited you to exclude him from the town centre for 12 months. I will not contest the application of an ASBO but will contest the length of time."Chairman of the bench, Ian Porter, told Fillingham, who was cautioned for burglary last year and was convicted last month of assault causing actually bodily harm, to expect a 'high community penalty'.Fillingham will find out whether he has been made the subject of an ASBO on April 30 when he reappears in court for sentencing.


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