Orders and injunctions secured against a family of criminals

By on 21/10/2013 in Cllr McKay, News

Five Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs) and a possession order of the family home have been secured against members of the same family from Lea Hall in East Birmingham, following on-going criminal offences and anti-social behaviour in the local community.

Following serious criminal offences, including violence and threats of violence in the local area, interim injunctions were secured against members of the O'Brien family pending trial of the case.

The O'Brien family have an extensive history of criminal activity.  Local residents have been afraid to come forward due to fear of reprisals and have been living in constant fear of harassment and intimidation from the O'Brien's.  Months of evidence gathering by West Midlands Police Officers, Birmingham City Council Housing Officers and other partners has resulted in a possession order and full Anti-social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs) lasting two years against all five defendants:

Lisa Edwards (43); Lee Graham O'Brien (43); Luke Anthony O'Brien (26); Lee Graham O'Brien (26); Lewis Ben O'Brien (22).

The terms of the Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions stop the above members of the O'Brien family entering certain areas of Lea Hall and Stetchford. This protects local residents from the use or threat of violence, harassment or intimidation by the family.  A power of arrest is attached to the terms of the injunctions so that if the terms are broken an immediate arrest can be made by West Midlands Police.

Work continues to secure additional civil injunctions and custodial sentences against extended family members and known associates.

Since October 2012 officers from Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have worked together to gather evidence in support of the full injunctions and the possession order.  This work is managed by the Community Safety Partnership's Tackling Families Undermining Neighbourhoods group (TFUN), which has also achieved successful gang injunctions and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders in other parts of the City.

Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe & Smart City, said:  “I am very pleased that the Community Safety Partnership has been successful in securing these injunctions.  This sends out a clear message that we will not allow our communities to be harassed and intimidated and this success is a reflection of the on-going hard work and dedication of partner agencies working together.”

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray, of West Midlands Police, said: “Sometimes people think they run neighbourhoods, they think they can control others, they think they can intimidate.  We have shown again that by working in partnership we will not let this happen.  Birmingham Community Safety Partnership works with the Police, Housing, the Department of Work and Pensions and others to stop these types of people.  If you want to act like this then your house, your benefits and your liberty is at stake.  The louder and more harmful you are the more we will focus on stopping you in your tracks.  I want to thank all the officers and staff who have worked so hard on this case.  I would also say to people in neighbourhoods where you are experiencing this type of behaviour that you should contact us as wherever possible we will take action.”

The Community Safety Partnership will now begin a local awareness campaign using leaflets and posters to inform local residents about what action has been taken, and how to report any breaches of the Court Injunctions.

Ends

Notes to Editors
1.    Police photographs of four of the defendants have been released for publication and are available on request. These are Lee Graham O'Brien (43); Luke Anthony O'Brien (26); Lee Graham O'Brien (26); Lewis Ben O'Brien (22).

2.    Please contact Trudi Maybury, Birmingham Community Safety Partnership Communications Manager on 0121 464 6210 or trudi.maybury@birmingham.gov.uk

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.    Tackling Families Undermining Neighbourhoods group (TFUN) is part of the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership and uses a multi-agency approach to address individuals, families or other groups whose behaviour has a severe corrosive impact on the neighbourhood in which they live.

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