Abusive neighbours given ASBOs

By on 11/09/2009 in News

Two men from Birmingham have today been handed down interim ASBOs (Anti Social Behaviour Orders) by Birmingham County Court, after being racially abusive, homophobic and violent towards neighbours.

Birmingham City Council Housing Officers worked in partnership with the police and local residents to secure the orders against council tenant Richard Leonard (56), of Cranleigh House, Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington and his friend Brian Sibley (42), of Portland Road, Edgbaston.

Housing Officers specialising in tackling anti-social behaviour stepped in to secure the orders after learning that Leonard and Sibley's nuisance behaviour had been taking place since May this year.

The orders, issued with the power of arrest, are in place for 12 months. They preclude both parties from partaking in threatening behaviour, being verbally abusive, harassing or intimidating the residents of Cranleigh House. Sibley is further excluded from entering Cranleigh House altogether.

Residents from Erdington reported hearing Leonard using homophobic and racist language and being verbally abusive towards other residents. Sibley was involved in unprovoked assaults on a neighbour, for which he was convicted in May 2009.

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “We are here to protect our tenants and residents from anti social behaviour and I will not tolerate the mindless behaviour of a minority of council tenants.

“I'm pleased by the Court's decision today, which is the result of my Housing Officers' swift action and hard work.”

Erdington's Council Housing Manager, Paul Humpherston said, “The victims in this instance took the decision to stand up against the perpetrators and report the abuse they were suffering to their local housing team, who assisted them in taking this injunctive action and will continue to support them through the rest of this court process.”

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Notes to editors
1. Interim ASBOs are issued before the court has examined all the specific allegations in respect of these individuals and as such, the evidence has not been tested and no findings of fact have been made. However, the court has found that it is just to impose the prohibitions outlined above and accepted that publicity around these orders is necessary to protect the community. Although the orders are interim orders breach of them should be treated like any other breach of an anti-social behaviour order.
2. The full trial for possession of Leonard's property on Cranleigh House and full Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions against Leonard and Sibley will be heard by Birmingham County Court after mid November 2009.

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 01213036969

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