Our town sec­ond for hav­ing most ‘gangbo’ or­ders

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HUDDERSFIELD has the sec­ond largest num­ber of ‘gangbo’ court in­junc­tions against mem­bers of street gangs in West York­shire, a re­port has re­vealed.

Courts have granted 12 civil in­junc­tions against gang mem­bers in Huddersfield this year, ac­cord­ing to a re­port be­ing pre­sented to West York­shire Po­lice and Crime Panel.

In re­cent years Keigh­ley has seen 23 in­junc­tions granted, while eight have been brought in Holme Wood, Brad­ford, seven in Bee­ston, Leeds and three in the Park Ward, Hal­i­fax.

In Huddersfield, five of the in­junc­tions were fi­nalised and seven were on an in­terim ba­sis. Some of those in­volved are un­der­stood to have lodged ap­peals which have yet to be heard.

West York­shire Po­lice has not re­leased the names of those bound by the or­ders but they are be­lieved to in­volve some of the in­di­vid­u­als who have pre­vi­ously ap­peared in court for the Kings­gate shop­ping cen­tre dis­or­der on Fe­bru­ary 3.

The vi­o­lence was be­lieved to be linked to ri­val gangs called the Dal­ton Crew and BBD (Bradley, Brack­en­hall, Deighton).

A re­port on ‘or­gan­ised crime and ur­ban street gangs’ due to be dis­cussed in Wake­field to­day says that West York­shire has been us­ing gang in­junc­tions since 2013.

The in­junc­tions are a civil tool which al­low the po­lice and/or the lo­cal au­thor­ity to ap­ply to a county court for an in­junc­tion against an in­di­vid­ual sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in gan­gre­lated vi­o­lence or drug deal­ing.

In­junc­tions can place a range of pro­hi­bi­tions on gang mem­bers such as pre­vent­ing them from be­ing in a par­tic­u­lar place.

If a power of ar­rest is at­tached, po­lice can de­tain a per­son if they breach a con­di­tion of the gangbo.

West York­shire Po­lice say there are a num­ber of on­go­ing cases which may re­sult in gango ap­pli­ca­tions be­ing made to the courts.

In April the Force said 12 men from ‘two or­gan­ised crime gangs’ had been handed Huddersfield’s first gangbo in­junc­tions.

Po­lice said the 12 had been in­volved in a cat­a­logue of sig­nif­i­cant and vi­o­lent crimes in the Huddersfield area in­clud­ing shoot­ings, at­tempted mur­der, pos­sess­ing of­fen­sive weapons, drug deal­ing, as­saults, and rob­beries.

The or­ders in­clude a num­ber of con­di­tions that place strict lim­i­ta­tions on the sub­jects and can see them ar­rested for any breaches.

Th­ese in­clude a ban from a num­ber of lo­ca­tions across Huddersfield, re­stric­tions on who they can as­so­ciate with and re­stric­tions on their con­duct and be­hav­iour.

Fur­ther court hear­ings are pend­ing and once they have taken place, po­lice said they will be able to re­lease fur­ther de­tails of the full in­junc­tions.

A West York­shire Po­lice spokesman said in­terim in­junc­tions in Huddersfield had pre­vi­ously been granted but the in­di­vid­u­als in­volved had lodged ap­peals which are still to be heard.

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