Injunctions secured against violent gang members
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Communities and also in Legal
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Nine injunctions have been secured against gang members after a divided gang’s infighting sparked a campaign of violence in East Birmingham.
Interim gang injunctions had already been secured in December 2012, a move that saw levels of offending fall in the affected areas of Alum Rock and Bordesley Green.
The interim injunctions were sought following the serious inter-gang conflict which had erupted and resulted in damage to property and fights.
However, the conflict continued and, as the ill-feeling deepened, it escalated to include arson, severe assaults, kidnappings, shootings and stabbings, all playing out on local streets in full view of and with complete disregard for the public.
In total the gang received 17 years in gang injunctions and anti-social behaviour injunctions. Some of the defendants are excluded from areas of Bordesley Green and some are not to associate with other defendants.
There are terms included in the orders designed to prevent drug dealing and nuisance and annoyance caused to residents in Bordesley Green and terms to prevent the use or threat of violence and possession of weapons.
Chief superintendent Alex Murray, of West Midlands Police, said: “People intent on harming others to make money, wrecking communities and targeting the vulnerable need to know there is no way the police, the community or Birmingham Community Safety Partnership will allow it.
“In this case it took good people from the community to stand up and say ‘we will no longer tolerate this’. I would encourage all other residents of Birmingham to think what they can do and say to combat this type of violence. The police and the Community Safety Partnership will take your compliant seriously and deal with information sensitively."
The inter-gang related violence and drug dealing had been systemic for some time, with the local community living in constant fear of harassment and intimidation from individuals acting as part of an organised crime group. However, months of further evidence gathering by officers working side-by-side with the local community has now successfully secured full gang injunctions and housing act anti-social behaviour injunctions (ASBIs) against key gang members.
The trial judge commended residents who came forward and gave evidence in his judgement, saying: “Resident A came to court and gave evidence behind a screen. He gave his evidence with great dignity. He knew none of the defendants and had not specifically heard of the UTS. His evidence went to the problems that drugs and gangs caused in his neighbourhood. This evidence chimed with other direct and hearsay evidence heard during the trial. The opportunity to see resident A give evidence a few feet away left me in no doubt that this was a man whose evidence I could accept without reservation.”