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Gang clampdown

Published Monday, 30 June 2014

Four gang members have been banned from Enfield after being handed five year Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) designed to prevent them from committing crimes.

Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police joined forces to drive through the ASBOs at Wood Green Crown Court. They ban Kieron Caesar, 25, of Hackney, Dominic Dalgety, 21, of Stockwell, Jamie Barham, 23, of Rayleigh, and Chesley Constantine- Brooks, 22, of Hackney, from entering Enfield, owning more than one mobile phone or Sim card and associating with certain people.
Breaching the conditions of an ASBO is a criminal offence and offenders can be brought back to court where they can face a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of £5,000.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We will not tolerate illegal behaviour by gangs and their members in this borough and we will do everything we can to identify, catch and punish those responsible for the abysmal crimes they commit.
“Enfield is a peaceful and safe borough and we will not allow the small criminal minority to wreck the lives of decent law abiding members of the public. These ASBOs show we will do whatever we can to disrupt the lives of criminals and make it as difficult as we can for them to continue with their criminal behaviour.
“Our message is simple, if you are thinking of coming to Enfield to commit crime, don’t bother because Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police will hunt you down and deal with you.”
Training Detective Constable Lisa Cook, from the Enfield Borough Gangs Unit, said:"Gang violence is a critical social and economic issue, the London Borough of Enfield has established a Gangs Unit to combat the impact of gang offending.

"This response has two fundamental strands namely enforcement and, where possible, working with our partners to prevent and divert individuals from the gang lifestyle.

"The Gangs Unit and the Metropolitan Police Service are committed to working with our communities and partners to reduce the impact of criminal gangs on the people of London. ASBO’s are an excellent tool used to assist in combating gang crime"

Enfield Council is one of the leading local authorities in the United Kingdom in tackling gang related crime.
Enfield Council was the first local authority in England and Wales to use the "Call-In" process, in which known gang members attend court and are warned about their criminality and wider behaviour by police, judges, the probation service, council officers, ex-gang members, community leaders, surgeons and the parents of young murder victims.
The parents of young people who had died as a result of gang related violence talk about how the death of their child affected their families while former gang members speak about their experiences of life in gangs and the consequences while surgeons graphically demonstrate the effect of knife wounds on the body.
The sessions culminate with the young people being given details of the agencies that can help them extract themselves from gang life and are warned that unless they mend their ways the full force of Enfield Council and the police would be used to stop their criminal behaviour.
Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police also scooped the Problem Orientated Partnership Award at New Scotland Yard and the International Problem Solving Award for its working in slashing youth crime by nearly 60% over a four year period.


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