5 year ASBO for Kings Heath man

By on 14/08/2009 in News

A man from Kings Heath who visited locations across South Birmingham and parked his car outside residential properties for several hours at a time, has been handed down a 5 year Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) at Birmingham Magistrates Court today, following joint action by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police.

James Doyle (42), of Westhill Court, Brandwood Park Road, left residents feeling suspicious and offended by his behaviour after parking on their personal drives, with his car facing into their homes. Over the last two years, he parked his car at various residential locations during the night and day, frequently making several visits to the parking spot over the course of several hours.

Doyle routinely parked in quiet cul-de-sacs and his behaviour left people feeling uncomfortable and alarmed. Some residents felt the need to change their daily routine to account for his presence and in extreme cases, residents vacated their properties.

Despite previous arrests, numerous warnings and even residents' confronting Doyle themselves, it was not until Birmingham's Anti Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) stepped in and applied for a full ASBO with support from Police Officer at Kings Norton Police Station that his behaviour was put to an end.

Following today's hearing, Doyle is now banned from entering or remaining in a number of roads in Bournville, Kings Heath, Walkers, Kings Norton and Druids Heath. His order will remain in place until August 2014 and he is prohibited from causing harassment, alarm or distress to a number of named individuals.

In response to the verdict, Councillor Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety, said: “I am pleased that today's action will protect residents from the kind of anti-social behaviour this man has subjected them to over the last couple of years. This is another successful outcome for BASBU, who worked closely with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour and I remain committed to ensuring all Birmingham citizens can live in safe, pleasant communities without fear of intimidation and harassment.”


Notes to editors
1. Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) are civil orders made in the Magistrates Court that prohibit activity that has caused or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Breach of an ASBO is a criminal offence punishable by a fine and/or two years youth custody for those under 18 and five years imprisonment for those over 18.
2. Birmingham Anti Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) is part of Safer Birmingham Partnership, a multi-agency partnership that brings together agencies including Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and others who are all working together for a safer city.
3. BASBU officers aim to address problem behaviour early on through both legal and non-legal remedies, focusing upon prevention strategies wherever possible but going to court as necessary. BASBU also provides support and advice to local housing teams and provides training to council staff and other agencies.

For further information contact Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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