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Tearaway banned from part of his home town
8:47pm Sunday 13th July 2014 in News
A YOUNG tearaway has been barred from part of his home town after being involved in a catalogue of trouble.
Liam Gibbon was made the subject of a criminal anti-social behaviour order (crasbo) when he appeared in court.
The 22-year-old narrowly avoided a prison sentence, but a judge imposed restrictions on his movements.
He is not allowed to stop in Shaftoe Way in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, after bother in nearby Neville Parade.
In November last year, the lout pulled a disabled man from his car after demanding money from him.
Teesside Crown Court heard that Gibbon - "going ballistic" - shouted and swore at the man and his shocked wife.
His previous convictions include violence as a juvenile and damage, and public order two years ago.
David Lamb, mitigating, said Gibbon has not been in trouble for two years, and had turned over a new leaf.
Mr Lamb said his client had enrolled on a welding course, and was looking forward to a worthwhile life.
Gibbon left school without any formal qualifications and spent time "drifting and drinking", said Mr Lamb.
"That's no longer a feature of his life," said the barrister. "He is doing something positive and trying to do something constructive.
"His father is extremely shocked that his son has behaved in the way he has. He doesn't recognise the young man described here.
"He has come extremely close to being locked up, but we would ask Your Lordship to give him a final chance."
Gibbon, of Reeth Place, Newton Aycliffe, was given an eight-month suspended prison sentence.
The term was suspended for two years, and Gibbon was also put under probation supervision for two years.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, told him he would have been jailed had he not turned around his life in the last eight months.
He said he had "ruined" the life of the disable victim, who is now afraid to leave his home alone.