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Six teenagers hit with injunction orders following thousands of pounds of damage to building

4 February, 2020

Six teenagers who have caused large amounts of damage to a building in Salford, have been hit with injunction orders.

The teenagers who are aged between 12–17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, have been served with a Civil Youth Injunction Order, after entering a residential building on a number of occasions to cause damage to the communal areas, including damage to new fire safety measures.

Housing association Salix Homes, which owns around 8,000 homes in Salford, sought legal action against the teenagers following their persistent anti-social behaviour at Fitzwarren Court in Salford.

Three of the youths appeared at Manchester and Salford Youth Court on 9 January, 2020 where they were hit with a 12 month order. The other three youths who did not attend were also given the same order which prevents them from entering Fitzwarren Court.

The court heard how the teenagers had not only caused damage to important fire safety measures, but had also been urinating on the communal stairways, smoking cannabis, leaving rubbish behind, as well as causing damage to windows.

If the defendants break the terms of the order, which has a power of arrest attached, they could face a supervision order or detention.

Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said: “Salix Homes will not hesitate to take legal action to protect the people living in our communities and we welcome the judge’s decision to grant the injunction orders in this case.

“The defendants’ behaviour has caused distress to people living at Fitzwarren Court and the fact these youths also damaged fire safety measures at a time when fire safety has never been so important, has been taken very seriously. The safety of our residents is our top priority and we will not tolerate this type of anti-social behaviour that puts this at risk.

“We hope this case will act as a warning to others, that no matter how old you are, if you are acting anti-socially in our communities we will take enforcement action.”