Town bids to ban fam­ily of trav­ellers

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Cathe­rina Hulse Staff Re­porter

SOLIHULL Coun­cil is seek­ing a court in­junc­tion to ban a trav­eller fam­ily from the bor­ough af­ter claim­ing they had set up il­le­gal camps and had been linked to crime.

Court doc­u­ments claim the Cas­sidy fam­ily are be­hind at least nine unau­tho­rised camps since 2014, in­clud­ing at Chad­wick End Recre­ation ground, Hill­field Park, Bent­ley Heath Park, Dor­ridge Park and Cas­tle Bromwich and North Solihull Sports Cen­tre.

Now Solihull Coun­cil is ap­ply­ing for a court in­junc­tion against 14 named in­di­vid­u­als, which will be heard be­fore Birm­ing­ham mag­is­trates on Tues­day, March 13.

The in­junc­tion states: “The other de­fen­dants are mem­bers of and as­so­ciates of that fam­ily.

“The claimant [Solihull Coun­cil] is un­able to iden­tity all of the mem­bers of the fam­ily who are in­volved in the en­camp­ments. How­ever, the claimant has noted the reg­is­tra­tion num- bers of the var­i­ous ve­hi­cles found on each en­camp­ment...”

The court ap­pli­ca­tion added: “For a num­ber of years the de­fen­dants, their rel­a­tives and as­so­ciates have made unau­tho­rised en­camp­ments and by their unau­tho­rised pres­ence and by their ac­tions caused a nui­sance in Solihull.”

Nine il­le­gal camps are listed in the doc­u­ment while those named are also ac­cused of : Fly-tip­ping and lit­ter­ing; Us­ing force and crim­i­nal dam­age to gain en­try to sites;

Is­su­ing ‘ver­bal abuse and threats of vi­o­lence to lo­cal residents and busi­ness peo­ple’;

Per­mit­ting dogs to bark and foul the area around camps.

Solihull Coun­cil is seek­ing a three­year in­junc­tion.

If granted, those named in the in­junc­tion will also be barred from:

En­gag­ing in con­duct caus­ing or likely to cause a nui­sance or an­noy­ance to any per­son within Solihull;

Re­mov­ing or dam­ag­ing any lock or other means of se­cur­ing any lo­ca­tion within Solihull;

En­ter­ing with a view to set­ting up a camp on any of 37 sites in Solihull;

En­ter­ing or oc­cu­py­ing any of the iden­ti­fied sites for res­i­den­tial pur­poses, whether tem­po­rary or other­wise, in­clud­ing oc­cu­py­ing the land with car­a­vans, mo­bile homes, or other res­i­den­tial struc­tures;

De­posit­ing, leav­ing or dump­ing any rub­bish, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, waste prod­ucts or other refuse any­where in Solihull ex­cept in a re­cep­ta­cle de­signed for waste dis­posal.

Solihull Coun­cil cited the cost to the au­thor­ity of the camps, in­clud­ing polic­ing and se­cu­rity.

If granted, the court or­der would al­low a power of ar­rest for any­one breach­ing its terms un­til March 2020 and, if charged, they could face fines, jail, or have their as­sets seized.

Full list of de­fen­dants: John Cas­sidy, aged 45; John Cass­sidy, aged 49; Mary Cas­sidy; Pa­trick Cas­sidy, aged 40; Mar­garet Cas­sidy; An­drew Cas­sidy; Eileen Cas­sidy; El­iz­a­beth Cas­sidy; Char­lotte Cas­sidy; Wil­liam Cas­sidy, aged 46; Wil­liam Cas­sidy, aged 71; Michael Cas­sidy; Kath­leen Cas­sidy; Sarah Cas­sidy; Per­sons un­known.

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