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Teenager becomes first person in the UK to be jailed for Gang Injunction breach

Published Thursday, 02 February 2012

An Edmonton teenager was jailed for 15 months on Wednesday at West London County Court for breaching the terms of a gang injunction.

The injunction was obtained by Enfield Council's Legal and Community Safety teams, working with the Metropolitan Police.

Dylan Martin, 19, from Edmonton, twice breached his injunction and was hauled back to court for the suspended prison sentence he was given in July last year to be reconsidered.

West London County Court heard on 28 July 2011 that he had breached the original order seven times in four months, mainly for congregating with known gang members and intimidating residents. He also entered an area from which he was banned in Edmonton.

He was found guilty of all seven breaches and sentenced to two months imprisonment for each breach (a total of 14 months). The sentence was suspended for two years. Martin appealed against the sentence and it was reduced to 12 months.

Despite the suspended sentence Martin was accused of continuing to meet known gang members and he was recalled to court to face these allegations - for which he was found guilty and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment.

Dylan Martin was linked to numerous gangs. The original Order, obtained by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police, also barred him from inciting violence on the internet, wearing gang colours and being in possession of offensive weapons.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "We will not tolerate gang members intimidating people and doing whatever they choose.

"This sentence reflects society's revulsion at the behaviour of gangs in our communities.

"We are working together as a community to tackle gang and serious youth violence and we want gang members to see the light and change their ways, those that don't will feel the full force of the law - as Dylan Martin has."

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