Teenager banned from drinking

AN Ipswich teenager is today banned from getting drunk in Suffolk or speaking to three pals after admitting a string of offences.Aaron Knock, 18, of Purplett Street, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to assaulting a newsagent, two public order offences and breaching a community order.

AN Ipswich teenager is today banned from getting drunk in Suffolk or speaking to three pals after admitting a string of offences.

Aaron Knock, 18, of Purplett Street, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to assaulting a newsagent, two public order offences and breaching a community order.

Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court for sentencing, Knock was handed a two-year ASBO banning him from getting drunk in a public place in Suffolk and preventing him from being in contact with three friends.

Stephen Colman, prosecuting, said Knock assaulted the owner of the Good News newsagents in Norwich Road, Ipswich, on February 9 this year.


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Mr Colman said: “The owner had experienced problems with Knock in the past, coming into the shop and being abusive and a general nuisance.

“On February 9 he refused to serve him alcohol as he was concerned he was trying to buy it for children outside.

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“He told him he was banned from the shop but Knock went to the alcoholic drinks fridge and started to open it.

“The owner stood in front of him but was pushed to the chest. He didn't fall over but said he was very concerned for his safety.”

Mr Colman said the first of the two public order offences took place at Tower Ramparts after he was asked to leave the centre by security.

“When he was ejected he continued to stand outside shouting 'I'm going to kill you'. He picked up a brick, raising it above his shoulder.”

Mr Colman said the other public order offence occurred after police were called to Rileys Pool hall in Ipswich.

“He was a general nuisance after police turned up to move some people on.”

Knock also failed to attend two sessions of a 50-hour community penalty imposed for a further public order offence at an Ipswich pub.

John Hughes, mitigating, conceded his client has a “vast” array of convictions for his age.

He said: “He is clearly someone who has not coped well with any imposition on his freedom.

“He can be the most polite and courteous young man but then when in the company of those he wishes to have some form of standing with he becomes obnoxious.

“Add to that alcohol and he becomes a complete nuisance.”

Mr Hughes said his client has come to the realisation something has got to change.

As well as the ASBO magistrates sentenced Knock to a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement, 180 hours unpaid work and excluded him from the Good News newsagents in Norwich Road.

He was also told to attend the Think First Programme and pay £30 in compensation to the newsagent.

Have you been the victim of anti social behaviour? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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