ASBI granted after persistent rubbish dumping

Birmingham County Court granted an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction (ASBI) today (November 22) against John Mcfarlane, age 43, of Vicarage Road, Brandwood.

Mcfarlane had been issued with numerous written and verbal warnings regarding breaches of his conditions of tenancy and his abusive anti-social behaviour towards neighbours and local residents.  Despite this, Mcfarlane continued to be abusive and to dump rubbish outside his property.  Officers from Birmingham City Council’s Housing and Environmental Services Teams worked together to gather evidence to bring this case successfully to court.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said:  “We will take firm action against any of our tenants who breach their tenancy conditions in this manner and indeed any citizens who dump rubbish causing distress and upset to other residents in the area.  I thank the officers within Housing and Environmental Services for their hard work on this case.”

The conditions of the Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions preclude Mcfarlane from:

• dumping rubbish in communal areas or gardens of property;
• harassing, intimidating or being abusive to residents within the local area;
• engaging in conduct causing or likely to cause nuisance or annoyance to local residents, including, but not limited to shouting, screaming or playing loud music.

This is one of the first ASBIs to be granted for this type of anti-social behaviour and future injunctions will be sought where tenants breach their tenancy conditions in this manner.

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Notes to editors

1. Please contact Trudi Maybury, Birmingham Community Safety Partnership Communications Manager on 0121 464 6210 or trudi.maybury@birmingham.gov.uk

2. Birmingham Community Safety Partnership is a joint partnership between Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and other agencies that work together to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour that affects our communities.

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