Alum Rock residents reclaim their streets

By on 26/11/2013 in Cllr McKay, News

 Local residents and businesses have come together to reclaim their neighbourhood after being blighted by harassment and intimidation in Pelham, Alum Rock.

Following months of misery caused by a group of youths, residents came forward to offer key information on those behind the criminal acts and anti-social behaviour that has blighted their community.

As a result of this action, Hamza Shafiq (14), Hassan Hussain (15), Kabir Khan (15), and Sajeer Khan (13) received 3 year ASBOs each.

Kabir Khan, Hamza Shafiq and Sajeer Khan's ASBO conditions ban them from:

  1. Entering into specific named areas within the city, specifically in the Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green Wards.
  2. Using or threatening violence towards, verbally abusing, harassing or intimidating named witnesses;
  3. Associating or gathering with each other; (save that Kabir Khan and Sajeer Khan can associate with each other);
  4. Behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, including but not limited to verbal abuse, threats or use of violence, throwing missiles or intimidation in the identified areas;
  5. Being in a public space between the hours of 7pm - 7am within the areas identified other than for emergency / medical purposes.

 Hassan Hussain's ASBO conditions ban him from:

  1. Entering into specific named areas within the City, specifically in the Washwood Heath and Bordesley Green Wards unless accompanied by his father.
  2. Using or threatening violence towards, verbally abusing, harassing or intimidating named witnesses;
  3. Associating or gathering with each other;
  4. Behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, including but not limited to verbal abuse, threats or use of violence, throwing missiles or intimidation in the identified areas;

Since March 2013 officers from the Safer Communities Team and officers from Washwood Heath Neighbourhood Policing Team have been successfully gathering evidence from local residents and piecing it together.  All youths were initially given warnings and officers tried to engage with them through Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs).  However, their level of anti-social behaviour continued to worsen.  

The anti-social behaviour in the Pelham area by these individuals included: intimidation, attacking other young people, demanding money and possessions, throwing stones/objects at people and property, verbal and racial abuse.  Additionally, they have been causing nuisance and intimidation on local buses including non-payment of fares, pushing the emergency engine button and criminal damage.  With the ASBOs in place it is hoped that they will engage with intervention and accept support offered to them.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe & Smart City commented: “I congratulate the bravery of the local community who felt empowered to make a change and reclaim their neighbourhood.  Criminal acts and anti-social behaviour should not have to be tolerated by decent people trying to live their day-to-day lives in peace.  We will continue to work to remove antisocial behaviour from our city.”

Inspector Keith Wiseman of West Midlands Police commented:  “Unfortunately, despite early intervention and numerous previous arrests, this did not deter these four young men from carrying out their campaign of serious anti-social behaviour causing alarm and distress to the community.  We are therefore pleased with the Court judgement issuing Anti-Social Behaviour Orders against these four individuals which will provide great relief to the local neighbourhood.”

The Community Safety Partnership will now start a local awareness-raising campaign using leaflets and posters informing local residents about what action has been taken and how to report any breaches of the ASBOs.

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Notes to Editors

1.          Please contact Trudi Maybury, 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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