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PUBLISHED: 13:49 13 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

BOSSES at Ipswich Co-op were today hoping that two-years of misery have come to an end at three of their stores in the north west of Ipswich.

Two teenagers have been banned from all the company's stores after being given Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ABSOs) by magistrates in Ipswich.

BOSSES at Ipswich Co-op were today hoping that two-years of misery have come to an end at three of their stores in the north west of Ipswich.

Two teenagers have been banned from all the company's stores after being given Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ABSOs) by magistrates in Ipswich.

Ryan Wade and Keith Leathers, both aged 16 and from Byron Road, Ipswich, had repeatedly entered stores in Meredith Road, Henley Rise and Garrick Way, where they intimidated staff and customers with verbal abuse and threatening behaviour.

A hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich heard how the youths' behaviour had continued over a two-year period.

Concerned for the welfare of its customers and staff, the Co-op approached the police and Ipswich Council who took the decision to apply for ABSOs against the youths.

The application was supported by extensive detailed evidence provided by the Co-op's staff.

Under the terms of the orders made against them, Wade and Leathers are banned from using behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to others.

The are also banned from entering all Co-op retail stores and the Alldays store in Macauley Road, Ipswich, which had also encountered problems with the pair.

The court confirmed that they were prepared to lift reporting restrictions on this occasion, taking the view that the local community should be made aware that the orders had been made.

Bill Knowles, assistant general manager of Ipswich Co-op, welcomed the news that the orders had been made.

"They have been a wretched nuisance at our stores for two years, causing problems for our staff and customers.

"We have been preparing this case for the last 12 months and it is good news that these orders are now in force."

Jim Manning, Ipswich Council's Community Safety Officer, said: "Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have been designed to bring all parties together to address problem behaviour.

"Where there is no alternative remedy, an order of this nature is the best way forward to tackle anti-social behaviour.

"We are pleased the court has taken this approach in this instance and hope the distress caused by the youths will now cease. Any breach of this order will be dealt with severely by the courts."

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