Council moves to repossess home as five family members handed ASBIs
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
Five members of the same family have been handed anti-social behaviour injunctions (ASBIs), whilst a possession order for their home has been secured by Birmingham City Council.
The O'Brien family from Lea Hall in East Birmingham have an extensive history of criminal activity, including violence and threats of violence.
Neighbours have been afraid to come forward due to fear of reprisals and have been living in constant fear of harassment and intimidation from the O’Brien’s.
Months of evidence gathering by West Midlands police, council housing officers and other partners has resulted in a possession order and full two-year ASBIs against all five defendants: Lisa Edwards, 43, Lee Graham O’Brien, 43, Luke Anthony O’Brien, 26, Lee Graham O’Brien, 26, and Lewis Ben O’Brien, 22.
The terms of the ASBIs stop the family entering certain areas of Lea Hall and Stetchford, protecting locals from the use or threat of violence, harassment or intimidation.
Cllr James McKay said: “I am very pleased that the community safety partnership has been successful in securing these injunctions. This sends out a clear message that we will not allow our communities to be harassed and intimidated and this success is a reflection of the on-going hard work and dedication of partner agencies working together.”
Chief superintendent Alex Murray said: “Sometimes people think they run neighbourhoods, they think they can control others, they think they can intimidate.
"We have shown again that by working in partnership we will not let this happen. Birmingham Community Safety Partnership works with the police, housing, the Department of Work and Pensions and others to stop these types of people.
"If you want to act like this then your house, your benefits and your liberty is at stake. The louder and more harmful you are the more we will focus on stopping you in your tracks. I want to thank all the officers and staff who have worked so hard on this case. I would also say to people in neighbourhoods where you are experiencing this type of behaviour that you should contact us as wherever possible we will take action.”