Injunctions to separate criminals in bid to reduce violent crime in Bradford (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Injunctions to separate criminals in bid to reduce violent crime in Bradford
Police in Bradford are seeking to get injunctions against ten men to prevent them from associating with each other, in a bid to crack down on violent crime in the city.
Senior officers in the district have already secured full court orders against four of the men and temporary rulings against three more.
All ten suspects are facing charges of serious violence. Five of them live in the Holme Wood area, and the rest are dotted around Bradford.
The securing of court injunctions follows similar action last year in Keighley, which led to a dramatic reduction in violence and arson attacks on the streets.
Police said injunctions to prevent known criminals from associating with each other have already been served on seven of the men in the Bradford district.
Four of the men, who are all believed to have been involved or have links to organised violent crime in the area, have received full orders, while three more are on temporary orders, with full orders being sought later in the year.
The injunctions are similar to those in force in the Keighley area, where police used legislation under the Policing and Crime Act 2009 to prevent 12 known criminals from associating with each other and restrict their movements.
Those who breach the terms of their order will be brought back to court for further action, which could be a custodial sentence.
Bradford District Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin said: “We hope that these injunctions will send out a message that those who involve themselves in violent crime can expect to face serious consequences.
“Incidents of disorder in Bradford District will not be tolerated, and we will use every means possible to target those who bring fear and intimidation into our communities.”
“If these men breach their orders they will be arrested and will face further court action."
Councillor Imran Hussain, deputy leader of Bradford Council, said: “We work closely with the police to maintain community safety and welcome the serving of these injunctions.
“The behaviour of individuals who threaten violence or cause disorder in communities will not be tolerated.”
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