Six Wolverhampton gang members served with injunctions
Six Wolverhampton gang members have been issued with injunctions in a crackdown on gang violence in the city.
The injunctions allow officers to monitor the movements and associations connected to the men aged between 18 and 20. It also prevents them from entering parts of Whitmore Reans, Pendeford, Heath Town and the city centre.
The men who were served with the injunctions at Birmingham County Court on 11 May are:
Romayne Brown, aged 18, Kieron Thomas, aged 19, and Iko Anderson, aged 19, all from Whitmore Reans.
Connor Chambers, aged 20 from Oxley, Tevin Thomas, aged 20 from Aldersley and Nya Graham-Shea aged 19, from Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
The injunctions remain in force for 12 months and also means that the six men will not be allowed to speak to each other. If they break any of the conditions, they can be arrested and could face time in jail.
Superintendent Keith Fraser, the local policing lead for Wolverhampton, said: “Between December 2016 and March 2017 officers have dealt with several reports of shots fired and a stabbing in the Wolverhampton area.
“We felt that we had to take action to prevent this criminality and to safeguard the public and following a drive-by shooting which took place at an address on Glentworth Gardens in March, we decided to press for these injunctions straight away.
"We have listened to the concerns of the residents in the area and we want to reassure them that our priority is to protect the community.
“These injunctions are powers used by the police to reduce gang related violence and serious harm to young people and also the local communities.
“They are not sought lightly and the police together with the local council and other voluntary groups and charities will have already made exhaustive efforts with the individuals and their families to try and steer them away from a gang lifestyle.
“We will remain open and willing to work with these young men should they wish to exit a gang lifestyle and are on hand to support them and their families."
Lisa-Marie Smith, from West Midlands Police Legal Services, said: "The Joint Legal Services Department through the specialist lawyers in its Operational Team is committed to working hand in hand with officers to use gang injunctions and other civil interventions for protection of the public."
Karen Samuels, City of Wolverhampton Council’s Head of Community Safety added: “We have been working closely with our partners to deliver targeted interventions identifying young people at risk and diverting them away from gang involvement at a much earlier point. This has included the rapid deployment of community mediators in response to escalating tensions."