Trav­eller fam­ily get 5-year ban

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

AN in­tim­i­dat­ing fam­ily of trav­ellers have been banned from en­ter­ing Sandwell for an­other five years – while the head of the fam­ily has been barred from en­ter­ing the area for an en­tire decade.

The no­to­ri­ous Cas­sidy fam­ily, who were also banned from Soli­hull in March, have also been or­dered to pay costs of £16,000.

Four­teen mem­bers of the fam­ily were orig­i­nally banned from set­ting up unau­tho­rised en­camp­ments in Sandwell last year. Now the coun­cil and West Mid­lands Po­lice have se­cured an ex­ten­sion to the orig­i­nal in­junc­tion.

And father John Cas­sidy was banned from the en­tirety of Sandwell un­til June 2028. He is also for­bid­den from us­ing or threat­en­ing violence, caus­ing an­noy­ance and re­mov­ing any pad­lock, lock or bolt from anywhere in Sandwell.

Supt Richard Youds, of Sandwell Po­lice, said: “This fam­ily have caused prob­lems to the res­i­dents of Sandwell for a num­ber of years.

“This ex­ten­sion pro­vides busi­ness own­ers, res­i­dents and mem­bers of the public with the re­as­sur­ance they will no longer be sub­jected to the be­hav­iour of this group.”

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