ASBO bans troublemaker from Tottenham
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities, Legal
A troublemaking thug who made life a misery for residents of a housing estate has been barred from parts of London for two years.
Diego Bohorquez was often seen with a crowd of young men hanging out on Devon Close, Tottenham, where he would openly smoke cannabis, drink alcohol in communal areas, hurl abuse at residents, vandalise cars, damage property and drop litter.
Residents who tried to intervene were met with verbal abuse from Bohorquez and accused of being "snitches" for attending neighbourhood watch meetings to discuss concerns.
The group threw eggs, flour and paint on to residents’ cars, smashed windscreens and slashed tyres.
Haringey Council’s anti-social behaviour action team along with the police worked with Devon Close residents to gather evidence of Bohorquez’s disruptive actions over a number of months.
The 21-year-old was given the opportunity to sign an acceptable behaviour agreement but he failed to show up for meetings to discuss his actions so the case was referred to court.
Tottenham magistrates granted an ABSO to exclude Bohorquez from Down Lane Park and a number of Tottenham streets and stop him from congregating with four or more others elsewhere in Haringey.
Haringey Council’s cabinet member for communities, Cllr Richard Watson, said: "Mr Bohorquez was the driving force behind some very threatening and unacceptable behaviour, including drug taking, abuse and vandalism. His actions had a terrible impact on people living in Devon Close.
"Residents were understandably frightened and intimidated by Mr Bohorquez, but thanks to their bravery and determination and the efforts of our ASBAT and legal teams and local Police Sergeant Paul Kane, we have been able to take a stand against Mr Bohorquez. Anti-social and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated in Haringey."