AN Ilkley youth has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order which bars him from Ilkley town centre.

Dale Parkinson, 17, formally of Ben Rhydding, appeared before Bradford Youth Court on August 29 when the order was issued. It is now in place for two years. If he breaches the order he faces arrest.

Ilkley ward officer PC Sam Hollings said: "West Yorkshire Police Neighbourhood and Community Support officers have worked hard with the Bradford Anti-Social Behaviour Team to make this order a reality.

“We have worked with partner agencies and the community to seek this order to protect the public and in real terms improve the lives of people in the area.

“Criminal Behaviour Orders represent a valuable tool in deterring and curbing the behaviour of the most disruptive in society. To achieve the desired result we will seek the support of the civil and criminal courts, I am pleased in this case they have listened to local concerns.

“I hope that separated from Ilkley and it’s impressionable youths, Dale Parkinson can make something of his future elsewhere, something he seemed determined not to do here.”

“Anyone found assisting or enabling Dale Parkinson to breach this order will also be dealt with by the courts, social services and social housing partners.”