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ASBO for 'Britain's dumbest criminal' welcomed by Leeds City Council

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Local Government

ASBO for 'Britain's dumbest criminal' welcomed by Leeds City Council ASBO for 'Britain's dumbest criminal' welcomed by Leeds City Council

Leeds City Council has welcomed the decision by the courts to impose an Asbo on a man from East Leeds, dubbed ‘Britain’s Dumbest Criminal’ after posting videos of his anti-social behaviour on the website YouTube.

He has been previously convicted of various offences at Leeds Magistrates Court, but the ASBO seeks to prevent him boasting of his activities by showing them on YouTube and engaging in further anti-social behaviour.

Some of the videos have previously been shown in court in the earlier stages of securing an Asbo on Kellett. This week he admitted 18 of the incidents which included racing cars at 120mph on a public highway, and encouraging his viewers to street race while drunk.

He did not oppose the making of the ASBO.

Andrew Kellett (23), of Stanks Drive, Swarcliffe has posted over 80 videos of himself committing a range of criminal and antisocial activities on the video-sharing Internet site YouTube.

The videos, under the username mrchimp2007, show him:

  • Refusing to pay a private hire driver the correct fare.
  • Numerous videos of him whilst being driven in a car in a dangerous and anti-social manner, at high speeds, and racing other vehicles.
  • Videoing others using fireworks to create explosions in a wheelie bin belonging to another person, and in a microwave oven placed in the road.
  • Filming taking Class A and other controlled drugs.
  • Trespassing on a field in the local area and abusing the landowner when asked to leave.

Kellett even filmed himself receiving a suspended sentence at Leeds Magistrates Court and posted the video on YouTube.

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member responsible for community safety and chair of Safer Leeds said: “Kellett must be in the running to be Britain’s dumbest criminal.

"By posting his offences on YouTube he could have been posting them straight to our Antisocial Behaviour Team.

“In the last three years, we have seen a 32% reduction in crime in Leeds. If more criminals were as obliging, the city would be even safer.”

The terms of the Asbo, which will run until July 15 2010, place the following requirements on him:
1. Behaving in a manner that causes or is likely to cause, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person not of the same household within England and Wales.
2. Participating in, or encouraging others to participate in, the driving of vehicles in a dangerous or anti-social manner on any private land in England and Wales without the explicit or implied permission of the lawful owner or occupier.
3. Participating in, or encouraging others to participate in, the driving of motor vehicles in a dangerous, inconsiderate or anti-social manner on any public road in England and Wales
4. Posting, or being concerned in the posting of, any image or description which encourages or glorifies unlawful activity on the internet
Most of Kellett’s videos have now been removed from the YouTube website.

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