Aggressive beggar gets two year banning order

By on 26/04/2013 in Cllr McKay, News

Following the obtainment of a Section 222 Injunction Order in Moseley last June, another aggressive beggar has received a two year ban from entering the Moseley & Kings Heath ward as well as parts of Birmingham city centre.

Adin Saleh (33), who received a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Order this week from Birmingham Magistrates Court, is banned from:

1.    Entering most of the city centre and Moseley & Kings Heath Ward.
2.    Using or threatening violence, verbally abusing, harassing or intimidating a series of previous victims including local residents and people who work in the locality.
3.    Behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress or across the whole of the city.
4.    Attempting to sell the Big Issue or any other publication without official permission from the Big Issue organisation across the whole of the city.

This ASBO follows the five year banning order received by Nathan Davis (41) last month who was also known for his aggressive begging in Moseley & Kings Heath area.

In June 2012, officers from Birmingham Community Safety Partnership successfully obtained a section 222 Injunction Order against Persons Unknown to stop street drinking and begging in Moseley Village. This has been a really effective tool in tackling nuisance behaviour. The team of officers worked with West Midlands Police and the Moseley Community Alcohol Partnership which has thus far seen 34 individuals receive enforcement action, support and education.

The local community have seen a massive reduction in alcohol and begging related problems. 31 out of the 34 have successfully engaged with packages of support aimed at helping them with their alcohol, drug and accommodation issues, whilst at the same time reducing their anti-social behaviour in and around Moseley.

Partner agencies including Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police will continue to engage with all individuals who have drink or substance misuse issues by linking in with specialist support agencies such as SIFA Fireside, Aquarius, and Midland Heart's Rough Sleepers Team.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe & Smart City commented: “I hope that this order and the section 222 Injunction Order sends a clear message to all that this type of behaviour is not tolerated. We will continue to work with partner agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour that affects residents and businesses in the local area.”

Sergeant Tom O'Keeffe from the Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood team, said: “Anyone who sees Mr Saleh acting in an anti-social manner within these areas are urged to report it to us so we can ensure he keeps to the conditions set out in his order. Tackling anti-social behaviour remains a priority for us. We would urge anyone affected to contact us on 101.”

A local awareness raising campaign using leaflets and posters will start shortly informing local residents of the action that has been taken and how to report any breaches.

Local residents are encouraged to report any issues of anti-social behaviour and breaches of the Section 222 Injunction Order to West Midlands Police on 101 or Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 1111.

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Notes to Editors

1.    Please contact Natasha Bhandal, Public Reassurance & Communications Manager on 0121 303 8727 or natasha.bhandal@birmingham.gov.uk for further information.

2.    Image of Adin Saleh available on request.

3.    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.

4.    A Section 222 Injunction Order is granted under Section 1 of the Localism Act 2011, Section 222 of the Local Government Act 1972 and Section 130 of the Highways Act 1980. It is an Injunction Order to restrain anti-social behaviour that constitutes a public nuisance such as prostitution, begging, drug dealing or kerb crawling. Injunctions can prohibit an individual from entering the area where the nuisance has been committed and may also contain other prohibitions designed to restrain the type of anti-social behaviour that has caused the public nuisance.

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