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Teen twin sisters' reign of terror included starting fires, racist abuse and throwing food at cars

Mirror Mirror 10/03/2016 By Kirstie McCrum

Morgan Cairns (right) and Ellie Cairns aged 14. © Provided by Mirror Morgan Cairns (right) and Ellie Cairns aged 14. Twin sisters aged 14 tormented a community with racist abuse and anti-social behaviour, including spitting at people, throwing stones at cars and starting fires.

Ellie and Morgan Cairns were the ringleaders of a group who tormented locals in Lancashire, police said.

Now they're the first children in the county to face a court order for their antics and have been banned from a list of activities, including having lighters, matches, spray paints or marker pens.

The duo, from the Callon estate, Preston, has been slapped with the ban which offers protection to communities from anti-social behaviour.

Turning up to court in tracksuits, Ellie had a black eye and Morgan was covered in scratches after they apparently got into a fight with each other the night before.

Residents will now be protected, following what authorities say is a six-year reign, with the girls first coming to police attention at eight years old.

Reporting restrictions were challenged and overturned, meaning the girls can now be named, reports the Lancashire Evening Post.

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Thanks to the ruling, at Preston Youth Court, the girls have been banned from possessing lighters or matches, carrying marker pens or spray paint in a public place unless for school purposes and being outdoors between 8pm and 7am unless with a family member.

They are also barred from being in a specified area of Callon, Fishwick and Ribbleton, other than to use a certain bus stop or go to and from their home.

District Judge Jane Goodwin said: "I’m satisfied the two young people have been a blight on the community over the last six years and the order would be more effective if the information was placed within the community.”

According to a community police officer, the twins were working as ringleaders in the gang which threatened to ruin a bouncy castle with a knife and steal face paints at a summer community event.

Other instances include the gang throwing fruit and vegetables at vehicles, painting graffiti on an ice cream van and climbing on the roofs of buildings.

A mum who has remained anonymous revealed she was the target of racist language and abuse.

"The group even stole my doorbell, it was found in the twins’ house. They even turned off my gas meter.

“They vandalised my property, keyed my car, and threw food at me in the street, crisps or whatever they were eating."

She said that she had felt threatened in her home following the attacks.

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Although the order does not signify a criminal conviction, it will call a halt to behaviour which has caused chaos in the local area.

Inspector Paul McLernon, of Preston Police , said that their behaviour had caused significant distress to residents in the area

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