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Brothers from Erdington given ASBIs

Brothers from Erdington given ASBIs

The reign of intimidation by two brothers on an estate in Erdington has been brought to an end after they were handed 2 year Anti Social Behaviour Injunctions (ASBIs) at Birmingham County Court today, following joint action by Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police.

John Collins (30) and Craig Collins (34), of Erdington Road can no longer live at their parents’ council home and are only allowed to make short visits which have been approved in advance by authorities. They have also been banned from visiting parts of Erdington near their former home for 2 years as part of their ASBIs

The Council’s Birmingham Anti Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) successfully secured the orders after receiving complaints from local residents and information from the police. Collating evidence from community witnesses and working in conjunction with Housing Officers and the police, BASBU was able to ensure the safety of the community after almost 3 years of anti social behaviour by the Collins brothers.

The brothers have historically been linked with drug related offences, acquisitive crime offences and public order offences within the locality of Erdington and have been arrested for a string of drug related offences. Residents showed concerns that the Collins were using their parent’s property for drug related purposes and engaging with teenagers and thus having a moral harm on the local community. There were also concerns about threat of violence from them after near violent confrontations witnessed by members of the local community.

In response to the verdict, Councillor Ayoub Khan, Cabinet Member for Local Services and Community Safety, said: “These brothers made life very difficult for the residents of Erdington and I'm delighted that the court has ruled in the Council's favour to put an end to their anti social behaviour. I'm committed to ensuring the safety of the community and will not tolerate the mindless anti-social behaviour of a few. BASBU worked closely with Housing officers, local residents and the police to ensure the community’s safety.”

Councillor John Lines, Cabinet Member for Housing added: “The safety of our tenants is our priority and housing officers will continue to monitor the situation closely to ensure our properties are not exploited for criminal purposes.”

  • Category: Local Services
  • Reference number: BL-344-LSCS
  • Issue date: 26 August 2009