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Boy Named And Shamed After Prolific Offending

Monday January 27 2014




A 14-YEAR-OLD boy who has admitted 17 offences since moving to Barnsley last summer has been named and shamed.

Jordan Lee Ratcliffe can be identified because of his prolific offending since coming to the town from Manchester in July.

District Judge John Foster lifted reporting restrictions at Barnsley Youth Court after giving Ratcliffe a two-year anti-social behaviour order.

Mr Foster described the case of Ratcliffe, of Bridge Street, Barnsley as 'extreme'.

"I know you're only 14 but it's in the public interest for you to be named because of the impact you have had on Barnsley and its community," he added.

Marcus Hirst, prosecuting for the council, asked for reporting restrictions to be lifted because of Ratcliffe's 'prolific' offending.

Jamie Wake, defending, opposed the move because the court 'had a duty to protect Ratcliffe' because he was so young.

A list of offences considered by Mr Foster outlined how Ratcliffe racially abused and harassed the owner of an electronics shop in The Arcade.

The file said Ratcliffe made a two-fingered gesture at the shopkeeper, told him to 'f*** off' and banged on the window.

The shop owner said he was 'shocked' by the youngster's disrespect during the incident.

Later on in the same day, the shopkeeper encountered Ratcliffe on a market stall. Ratcliffe gestured at the shop owner as if he wanted to fight.

In another incident at the Asda on Old Mill Lane, Ratcliffe pulled a screwdriver on a security guard.

Ratcliffe admitted four charges of using threatening words and behaviour, one count of racially aggravated behaviour and two breaches of an interim ASBO.

A 12-month parenting order was imposed on the boy's mother. A similar order will be imposed on the boy's father later because he could not attend court because he was unwell.

Ratcliffe will be sentenced on February 4 and was granted conditional bail.