Named: The Boy Menace aged 12 - Youngest Asbo in Calderdale

A 12-year-old tearaway has become Calderdale’s youngest ASBO yob.

Cole Hayden, of Rye Lane, Pellon, Halifax, was issued with the order after a court heard how he terrorised his

neighborhood. Calderdale magistrates heard how he hurled stones at houses and buses and pelted people with eggs.

He also made racist remarks to housing officers and Polish neighbours, and was aggressive and verbally abusive at his school and the Pellon Network Centre.

Elina Nhinda-Latvio, prosecuting for Calderdale Council, said: “There was one occasion during the Christmas period where the bus service stopped running in the area because there were that many youths causing problems for the drivers.”

Hayden also Calderdale magistrates imposed a two-year anti-social behaviour order banning him from:

• Behaving in any way likely to cause harrassment, alarm or distress to Calderdale residents

• Being in a group of two or more people behaving in the same way

• Entering an exclusion area including the Pellon Network Centre and Ling Bob School or their grounds

• Using racially abusive language

• Associating with certain others outside of school, probation or youth offending team appointments

• Contacting certain witnesses

• Inciting anyone else to carry out any acts prohibited by the order.

Breaching an ASBO can be punished by up to five years in a young offender institution.

Hayden is currently the youngest of 56 people with active ASBOs in Calderdale.

Magistrates also imposed a 12-month parenting order to help Hayden’s mum Stevie control his behaviour.

The court heard she had been working hard with various agencies to tackle the problem.

Mark Newell, for Hayden, said the youth accepted his behaviour had been bad and needed to improve.

“Hopefully the structure that will be put into his life by this order will put him back on the straight and narrow,” he said.

“He wishes to apologise to all those who have been affected by his behaviour and he looks forward to moving on and turning over a new leaf.”