Brothers from Erdington given ASBIs

By on 20/08/2009 in News

The reign of intimidation by two brothers on an estate in Erdington has been brought to an end after they were handed 2 year Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs) at Birmingham County Court, following joint action by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police.

John Collins (30) and Craig Collins (34), of Erdington Road can no longer live at their parents' council home and are only allowed to make short visits which have been approved in advance by authorities. They have also been banned from visiting parts of Erdington near their former home for 2 years as part of their ASBIs.

The Council's Birmingham Anti Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) successfully secured the orders after receiving complaints from local residents and information from the police. Collating evidence from community witnesses and working in conjunction with Housing Officers and the police, BASBU was able to ensure the safety of the community after almost 3 years of anti social behaviour by the Collins brothers.

The brothers have historically been linked with drug related offences, acquisitive crime offences and public order offences within the locality of Erdington and have been arrested for a string of drug related offences. Residents showed concerns that the Collins were using their parent's property for drug related purposes and engaging with teenagers and thus having a moral harm on the local community. There were also concerns about threat of violence from them after near violent confrontations witnessed by members of the local community.

In response to the verdict, Councillor Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety, said: “These brothers made life very difficult for the residents of Erdington and I’m delighted that the court has ruled in the Council’s favour to put an end to their anti social behaviour. I’m committed to ensuring the safety of the community and will not tolerate the mindless anti-social behaviour of a few. BASBU worked closely with Housing officers, local residents and the police to ensure the community's safety.”

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing added, “The safety of our residents is our priority and will continue to monitor the situation closely with our partners to ensure that residents do not experience further acts of anti-social behaviour. We will not hesitate to take any further appropriate action.”

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Notes to editors
1. Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs). Using their powers under s222 of the Local Government Act 1972, local authorities can apply to the civil courts for injunctions to restrain anti-social behaviour that constitutes a public nuisance, eg. prostitution, drug dealing or kerb crawling. Injunctions can prohibit the 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 which has caused the public nuisance. Penalty for breach of the conditions of an injunction can result in up to two years’ imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine for contempt of court.
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. 

Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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