Court injunction taken out against yobs

TWELVE yobs have been issued with anti-social behaviour injunctions to stop them targeting a vulnerable man.

Morpeth and Berwick County Court heard this week how 11 men and a woman were alleged to have been involved in various incidents of criminal and anti-social behaviour at the man’s home in Ashington’s Alexandra Road.

A district judge issued each of them with an anti-social behaviour injunction after hearing that incidents reported there since late last year included the use of class A drugs, arson, threats to neighbours and noise nuisance. The Bernicia housing group’s tenancy enforcement team took the action in an attempt to protect their tenant, a vulnerable man being victimised by yobs using his flat as a base to carry out illegal activities.

Bernicia worked in partnership with Ashington’s neighbourhood policing team and social workers to get the injunctions.

Enforcement officer Stewart Sexton said: “The tenants of Bernicia should not have to suffer this type of mindless behaviour from people who behave outside of the law. This was a particularly nasty case and we will use all legal powers available to us to bring the full weight of the law against the people who act in this manner. “Thanks to the co-operation of the complainants who helped to provide evidence, we were able to put measures in place to protect our tenant and to make those responsible think again about their actions.”

Acting sergeant Anthony Pattison added: “This is another excellent example of how partnership working can resolve community issues. “We look forward to continuing to work together and hope that this example may encourage anyone having similar issues to report them so that we can help.”

The anti-social behaviour injunction prevents the twelve from having any further contact with their victim at his flat and its immediate vicinity until October 2011.

The injunction has been breached by four of the perpetrators who were subsequently arrested by the police, and have appeared in court where they have received a suspended prison sentence enforceable for the remainder of the injunction.

Ifd they breach the order again, they will be sent to prison.