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JINGLE CELLS; Yob's sentence is Xmas present to community.

Byline: DEBORAH JAMES

A TEENAGER will spend the next 40 days behind bars in what police describe as ``a Christmas present'' for the people of the community he terrorised.

Dale Baker, 18, of Falkland, Birch Green, Skelmersdale, was sentenced to four months in a youth prison by Ormskirk magistrates yesterday after breaking the terms of an antisocial behaviour order slapped on him in May.

It comes seven months after he was banned from harassing and intimidating the public and from riding a motorbike in West Lancs, as part of a wide ranging order that also restricted him from entering most of Skelmersdale.

Magistrates cracked down on Baker yesterday after he earlier pleaded guilty to breaching the order, in court on November 20.

He admitted being abusive to the father of a woman who spotted him on Fairlie in Skelmersdale, a street he is banned from entering, on July 4.

Inspector James Lee of Ormskirk police said he was ``thrilled'' with the outcome.

``This is an early Christmas present for people in the community of Skelmersdale.

``This lad has caused us a huge problem over the past couple of years and through working in partnership with the Youth Offending Team at the council, we have eventually got him put away for a considerable length of time, after he has caused many lives a misery.''

The court heard Baker has broken the terms of his antisocial behaviour order three times since May 27, when it was secured by police and West Lancashire district council.

It came after a catalogue of offences was revealed, including repeatedly terrorising local schools on a motorbike, using abusive language to pupils and staff, and stealing from industrial premises.

The first breach came less than 24 hours after the order was placed.

Baker was arrested and fined pounds 60 after being spotted in a subway in Birch Green, in an area he had been banned from entering, on May 28.

In a more recent incident on September 19 he was arrested after riding in a car along Whiteledge Road in Skelmersdale, which he is banned from using except on public transport.

But the case was discharged due to mitigating circumstances as Baker said he had missed his bus and was getting a lift from a friend.

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