Newtown drug user and aggressive beggar faces eviction

By on 18/06/2010 in News

A known aggressive beggar from Newtown, Birmingham, has been handed a two-year Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction by Birmingham County Court. The Injunction with powers of arrest means that Mark Grant is forbidden from entering an exclusion zone in the Newtown area.

Grant, of Fallows House, Newtown, has continually harassed his neighbours and caused nuisance in the local community for a number of years. 

In September 2009, he was banned from begging in the Newtown area and since that time has continued to use his council property as a meeting place for local drug users.  In May 2008, a known associate of Grant's was shot following a row over outstanding drug money. 

Neighbours have complained continuously about Grant's behaviour and Officers from Safer Birmingham Partnership's Anti-Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) have worked tirelessly to build a strong case against him so that people living in the area, are no longer subjected to his unreasonable behaviour.

Grant, who is currently on remand in HMP Birmingham for other offences, was issued with a possession order which means he will not be allowed to return to the property following his release from prison.

Cllr Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Safety said:
“This is a fantastic outcome for the residents of Newtown. This case shows that officers, do take complaints seriously and act to ensure that communities are protected from serious anti-social behaviour.”

Cllr John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing said:
“This outcome shows our determination to tackle anti-social behaviour.  We are determined to ensure that residents live without the fear of harassment and we will use all our powers to tackle unacceptable behaviour displayed by the minority.”

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Notes to editors
Safer Birmingham Partnership is 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.

                  Further information from Belinder Kaur Lidher on 0121 303 6969

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  1. It is always disturbing to hear that behaviour like this is going on in Birmingham, however it is extremely encouraging to hear that it at least appears to be taken care of, at least to some degree. At least his former neighbours can now live in relative peace.

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