Baby-faced yobs aged 13 to 15 who ‘wreaked havoc’ as they terrorised two towns are named and shamed by the courts
- Riley Gaffney, 14, Reigan Gaffney, 15, and Jayden Burdern, 13 were handed CBOs
- While their ringleader, a 15-year-old boy, was sentenced to four months inside
- The group terrorised the residents of Crewe and Congleton in Cheshire
A gang of baby-faced yobs aged 13 to 15 who ‘wreaked havoc’ on two towns have been named and shamed by the courts.
The boys – Riley Gaffney, 14, Reigan Gaffney, 15, and Jayden Burdern, 13 – brought misery to the lives of residents in Crewe and Congleton, Cheshire.
All three have been handed two-year criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) meaning their identity can be made public.
While their ringleader, a 15-year-old, has been sentenced to four months at a youth detention and training centre – but cannot be named for legal reasons.
Reigan Gaffney (pictured), 15, has been handed a Criminal Behaviour Order meaning he must remain in his home address between 6pm and 6am
The orders also mean the trio must not travel on public transport without an adult. Jayden Burdern (pictured), 13, from Crewe, is one of the thugs to be given an order
The CBOs were issued at Crewe Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 29 and prevent the trio from travelling on public transport without an adult.
The orders also mean the teenagers cannot associate with a number of other youths in the Crewe area.
And they must remain in their home addresses between 6pm and 6am.
Inspector Penny Jones, from Macclesfield Local Policing Unit, said: ‘These youths wreaked havoc in Congleton for a number of weeks, targeting other youths and invoking fear and intimidation with people caught up in their wake.
‘I hope that these punishments handed out by the court provides reassurance to local residents.
‘I also hope that it sends out a very strong message that despite these boys being juveniles they are not above the law and this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.
‘I would like to thank the members of the public who provided information to the police to allow us to tackle these matters robustly.’
Riley Gaffney (pictured), 14, cannot now associate with a number of other youths in the Crewe area following his CBO
The orders were made as a result of partnership work between Congleton Beat Team, Crewe Beat Team and Cheshire East Councils Anti-Social Behaviour Team following a number of reports of anti-social behaviour in the those areas.
What is a Criminal Behaviour Order?
A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) is given to more serious offenders, who engage in criminal activity as well as anti-social behaviour.
You can only get a CBO if you’ve been convicted of a crime.
The order either prohibits specified acts or requires the offender to participate in specified acts, for example attendance at a course to reduce behaviour.
Before imposing an order the court must be satisfied that the offender has engaged in such behaviour such as causing harassment or distress.
The order will begin from the day it is issued and, for those under 18 years old it will last between 1 and 2 years.
It also often means a youth is no longer entitled to automatic anonymity under Section 39 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933.
As making the public aware of the offender and the terms of the CBO can be an important part of the process in dealing with anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and integration, said: ‘These young people’s behaviour impacted on members of the public and we had no alternative but to seek these Criminal Behaviour Orders alongside custodial sentencing for those that continue to persist with their offending.
‘We hope the orders assist these young people by giving them the boundaries they need to improve their behaviour.
‘In the case of a young person, taking a criminal case is always a last resort and our officers both within Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire East Council have spent a considerable amount of time over several years to support everyone involved.
‘However, there has to be a point at which we say, enough is enough, our residents have the right to live in peace and without fear and we must protect them from individuals who don’t respect this.
‘We know it can be difficult but we would urge people to report anti-social behaviour to us.’
Sergeant Andy Baker, from the Crewe Beat Team, added: ‘The behaviour of this group of youths was totally unacceptable and I welcome the punishments that they have been given.
‘We will continue to work closely with our partners to take robust action against those who persistently cause misery to members of our community with this kind of behaviour.’