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Teen thief given ASBO which bans him from touching cars

A teenage car thief has been given an ASBO which bans him from touching vehicles. Joshua Rushton, 18, from Stockport, admitted to theft and four counts of interfering with a vehicle in an attempt to steal it when he appeared at Stockport magistrates court. He was sentenced to 12 weeks in a young offenders institution, and given a three year anti-social behaviour order. 

The anti-social behaviour order bans Rushton from the Castle Street area of the district. It also says he cannot “touch or enter any unattended motor vehicle without the express permission of the owner.” 

According to the court, Rushton was given the punishment because of his previous track record. Inspector Stephen Gilbertson, from Stockport police, said: “He doesn’t own a car but he can’t go past one without trying the handle or seeing if there’s something in it.” Rushton has convictions for receiving stolen goods, theft, criminal damage, as well as using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour. 

On October 15th, Rushton paired with Joshua Forrest, 20, of Greenville Street, Edgeley, and the pair were seen trying the handles to four cars on Islington Road, Hazel Grove. Forrest was also sentenced to 12 weeks in a young offenders institution. 

Do you think not being allowed to touch cars is a bit too far? Let us know what you think by posting a comment below. 



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