A TEENAGE vandal who was responsible for scratching 31 cars in what was described in court as a ‘drunken mistake’ has been banned from the area.
As a result of pleas from his victims, the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been banned from Belvedere Road and Outwoods Street, Burton, after CCTV showed him walking past vehicles, causing £25,000 worth of damage.
The news has also brought stardom to one victim, Babar Khan (pictured), who is to appear on BBC 1’s third series of Caught Red Handed after his security camera captured the vandal in the act and subsequently led to his arrest.
The youth was given a nine-month referral order and, during a meeting with the youth offending team, some of his victims had a say on what punishment would be suitable.
Mr Khan said: “We had a letter from the youth offending team this weekend. I, with others at the meeting, demanded that the car vandal is banned from the area, and finally our voice has been heard. The vandal has been banned and a exclusion zone includes the Belvedere road and Outwoods street area, effective for nine months.
“A vandal should not be allowed to walk the streets he was responsible for causing grief to.
“I’m glad that our voice was heard and an exclusion has been placed which will be enforced by Staffordshire police.”
Mr Khan has also written a letter to Burton MP Andrew Griffiths. This has been forwarded on to Justice secretary Chris Grayling, who he hopes will bring a change in community orders.
The teenage vandal appeared in Burton Magistrates’ Court in March to admit 31 charges of criminal damage to cars parked in Belvedere Road and Outwoods Street during the early hours of Sunday, February 2.
Some victims, including Mr Khan, branded the justice system a ‘joke’ after being told they would not receive compensation from the vandal.
The car owners have been forced to pay for the repair bills themselves after magistrates ruled that fining the teenager £25,000 would have punished his parents.
Magistrates, instead, advised victims to seek compensation through the civil courts, which the victims claim could be a long and costly process.