Disorderly family receive ASBIs

By on 06/05/2014 in News

Three members of the same family have today each received two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs).

Eugene Bird (54), Sean Bird (21) and Michael Bird (19) all of Ithon Grove, Hawkesley Estate, Kings Norton, received the two-year ASBIs and have had their council house re-possessed.

The Bird family maintained a relentless anti-social behaviour campaign in the area since 2008, inflicting damage to property and verbally abusing, threatening and intimidating local residents, who were living in constant fear of reprisals from them. Their criminal activity also included theft of lead from properties, burglaries in the local area and criminal damage.

The conditions of the Injunctions preclude Eugene Bird, Michael Bird and Sean Bird from:

1. Prior to the first defendant, Eugene Bird, giving up possession of the property at 9 Ithon Grove, Kings Norton, Birmingham, enter the area of Hawkesley Estate, save that they may enter the said area using only the route identified via Branch Road, leading to Green Lane, only for the purposes of:

 a) going to and from 9 Ithon Grove;
 b) visiting the property at 7 Forth Grove, Kings Norton, Birmingham B38

2. After the first defendant has given up possession of the said property at 9 Ithon Grove, enter the area of Hawkesley Estate, save that they may enter the said area using only the route identified via Branch Road, leading to Green Lane, for the purposed referred to at paragraph 1(b) above.

A power of arrest applies to the above.

Officers from Birmingham City Council Housing Team together with West Midlands Police worked together to gather evidence to successfully secure these injunctions. The Bird family had been offered many avenues of support for the whole family, but chose not to engage and modify their behaviour. In fact they have been verbally abusive to professionals and have thrown stones at fire officers attending house fires.

Rob James, Service Director – Housing Transformation at Birmingham City Council, said: “These injunctions demonstrate support from the courts in protecting our communities from this sort of behaviour. Despite previous warnings and attempts to engage with this family the anti-social behaviour and criminal activity continued so we had no alternative but to take legal action.”

Inspector Vanessa Eyles of West Midlands Police said “This is an excellent example of the importance of partnership work. It highlights to the community that everyone should have the right to enjoy their neighbourhood without fear of harassment and if there is a particular family causing intimidation and disruption we will take action to ensure this is resolved. These Injunctions send a clear message to offenders that the local community, police and the council will not stand for anti-social behaviour.”

If you suspect offences related to drugs, burglary and robbery where you live, or wish to give information about anti-social behaviour in your area, please call officers on 101 to report.

Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111, or Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 1111.

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

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Notes to editors

1. Please contact Trudi Maybury, Communications Manager on 0121 464 6210 or trudi.maybury@birmingham.gov.uk for further information.

2. Photographs 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.

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