27 January 2010
By Stef Hall, Crime Reporter
A lout whose gang threatened to strip a police worker and set fire to her has been banned for five years from the Lancashire area he terrorised.
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Lyndon Paul Baird
The young Police Community Support Officer was cornered by a group of hooded teens while patrolling the Broadgate area of Preston on the lookout for firework nuisance.
Lyndon Paul Baird, 18, of Christchurch Street, Preston, said he would burn her after another gang member had threatened to strip her naked.
Baird was fined £50 with £15 costs and a £15 victims' surcharge after pleading guilty to a public order offence at Preston Magistrates' Court.
The magistrates bench then slapped a Criminal Anti-social Behaviour Order on Baird, who is a known member of a group of young criminals who call themselves the Broadgate Riot Squad.
Baird is banned from Broad-gate, Avenham, Frenchwood and Penwortham except to travel home or to appointments down a designated route.
He must not possess open alcohol in a public place and is banned from associating with other members of the group.
PC Wayne Marsden, area police manager for Broadgate, said: "Our colleague was on patrol trying to stop firework nuisance in the Broadgate area when she came across a local park where youths had clearly been drinking.
"As she tried to pour some of the alcohol away she was threatened. "The group threatened to strip her naked and set her on fire.
"One then pulled a firework from his pocket and held it to her.
"Luckily she was not hurt but she was very shaken