A YOB teenager must be accompanied by an adult if he goes out in public in a group after causing trouble in Rayleigh.

Levi Bellfield had become involved in incidents of antisocial behaviour, which “became a blight on the community”.

He is now subject of a strict criminal behaviour order, banning him from being in a public place in a group of four, unless he is with a parent, guardian, or someone over the age of 25.

Breaching the restrictions could result in a five year prison spell.

It follows a number of incidents in the Rayleigh area including one in The Grove playing fields on April 17 last year.

A number of people, including the 18-year-old, were reported to be smashing bottles.

When challenged, rocks were thrown at a man who was also spat at and damage was caused to a car.

Chief Insp David Miles, district commander for Castle Point and Rochford, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our communities and can cause people to live in misery.

“We use all the powers and legal avenues available to us to protect the public and tackle offenders.

“Applying for Criminal Behaviour Orders is a part of that and we continue to work with our communities and partners address this issue.”

The order was imposed at Southend Magistrates’ Court on 23 January and breaching this condition could result in a maximum five year prison sentence.

In May, the Echo reported on calls for action in Rayleigh, after a series of reports over “appalling” antisocial behaviour by a gang of teenagers.

Rayleigh residents and businesses have reported incidents of the gang shoplifting, kicking walls and breaking windows.

Essex Police bosses met with residents and councillors in June, where they discussed what could be done to cut issues.

In August, Wickford and Rayleigh MP Mark Francois met with police chief Ben-Julian Harrington to discuss ways to cut trouble in the area.

Anyone who is a victim of antisocial behaviour or witnesses similar incidents, can contact police on 101 with information or call 999 in an emergecny.