Look Who's 18

TEENAGE lout David Dixon is due in court today for sentencing after he failed to turn up on his 18th birthday. Dixon was due up before magistrates in Ipswich on four charges of driving whilst disqualified and one of breaching his anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

TEENAGE lout David Dixon is due in court today for sentencing after he failed to turn up on his 18th birthday.

Dixon was due up before magistrates in Ipswich on four charges of driving whilst disqualified and one of breaching his anti-social behaviour order (Asbo).

Having failed to turn up to court twice this week, including on his birthday yesterday, magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

So today Dixon, of Pleasant Row, Ipswich is expected to be brought before the court to pay the price for his offending.


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Persistent troublemaker Dixon was first on the wrong side of the law in Suffolk, back in 1998 – when he was just 13.

Having moved to Ipswich from London, police came to know him and his career through the youth courts began in 1999. He has persistently offended ever since.

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His name is well known throughout the criminal justice system – including the courts, Crown Prosecution Service, solicitor's ranks - as well as at Suffolk police where officers have dealt with him countless times.

In Nacton, residents know he is one of the core hooligans who has repeatedly terrorised the area.

On one occasion the violent thug threw a table at the chairwoman of magistrates' Diane Hunt in court.

But until his 18th birthday, justice ruled that Dixon's identity remained a secret to the general public – with one exception.

In December 2002, Dixon's Christmas celebrations were curtailed after he became the latest lout to receive an anti social behaviour order (Asbo).

Magistrates agreed to The Evening Star's application to name the 17-year-old, then of Drake Avenue, Ipswich.

In imposing a two-year anti social behaviour order, bench chairwoman Anne Parry told Dixon: "It's not just the police who will be down on you. The ordinary members of the public will be looking out for you as well."

Today court appearance follows a previous hearing on September 9, this year, when Dixon, then of Clarence Road, admitted shouting abuse at a neighbour and to driving several times in Clarence Road while banned from the wheel.

Dixon drove a car while disqualified on July 19, on July 24 and on July 29 – and admitted having no MOT certificate and no insurance on July 19.

A month later, on August 27, he broke his ban once more and drove a motorbike, again with no insurance.

Only a week later, on September 6, Dixon swore at one of his neighbours, Brian Robinson – thus breaching his Asbo.

Nicola Devas, prosecuting, said: "The allegation is that he shouted at the neighbour, 'What are you looking at, ****?'. It went no further than that."

Ian Duckworth, mitigating, said: "This incident seems to be a direct result of the Robinsons. Everything seems to be about winding up the Robinsons and Mr Robinson winding Dixon up. He just drove around Clarence Road and that was it."

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