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Byline: Nick McCarthy

A PIG-tailed teenage tearaway has been handed an anti-social behaviour order for bringing months of misery to an inner city community as part of a notorious street gang.

Jenny Arkansan, 17, of Arthur Street, Small Heath, was handed the ASBO after a trial at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, during which she was described as a key member of the B515 gang, which has caused disruption and anguish in Highgate, Southacre and Lee Bank.

The court was shown CCTV footage of Arkansan with a group who huddled to light a firework, which was then fired towards a group of youngsters, who were queuing for an under 18 event at a nightclub in Broad Street in November.

The full terms of the order will not be decided until the New Year.

Birmingham City Council has asked the judge to approve that the ASBO will be effective for three years.

And they have requested that the order will include a ban on Arkansan carrying or wearing a black and white bandana or any type of face mask.

They also want her banned from two city centre zones and for the order to forbid her from socialising with 31 named individuals - including a 12-year-old boy.

Two co-defendants, Rushaine Keith, aged 19, and Emmanuel Koryang, aged 18, accepted similar orders at earlier hearings in October.

The Mail revealed in September l that the B515 gang, some of whom are just 13 years old, had posted rap videos on Youtube wearing black and white bandanas and boasting about drug dealing and carrying guns and knives.

The gang, known for riding BMX bikes, has also vandalised police cars on four separate occasions since July.

Council yob busters at Birmingham's Anti Social Behaviour Unit said Arkansan was involved in a number of anti social incidents within large groups - including drug taking in stairwells, attacking police cars, and verbally assaulting and threatening police officers and the public.

Judge Thomas said he was satis-fied that Arkansan had acted in a manner that was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He added that an order was necessary to protect the public and that the terms and findings of fact would be made in mid January.

An interim anti-social order was extended in court. Anti-social behaviour injunctions have already been secured on four other B515 gang members.

Anthony Sargeant, 25, Luke Jones, 22, Joel Henry, 27, and Kirt Travers, 22, accepted the terms of a full order, banning them from an area.

And more than 20 others have been warned about their behaviour and asked to sign acceptable behaviour contracts.

When the first orders were secured in September, Inspector Bill Dagnan, from West Midlands Police, said: "This was a very large and intimidating group and it is always hard to get residents to come forward in these situations.

But I must give the local people a lot of credit for coming forward and making statements.

"Things have started to calm down and the community has been very supportive of the work we have done with our partners at the council."



ASBO: Jenny Arkansan, 17, was involved in incidents of drug taking, vandalism and verbal assault.
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Date:Dec 17, 2010
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