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Four banned from Enfield with ASBOs in latest gang-crime crackdown
Four men have been banned from Enfield for five years in the latest crackdown on gang crime in the borough.
Kieron Caesar, 25, from Hackney, Dominic Dalgety, 21, from Stockwell, Jamie Barham, 23, from Rayleigh, and Chesley Constantine-Brooks, 22, from Hackney, were slapped with the anti-social behaviour orders last week.
The group are banned from entering Enfield, owning more than one mobile phone or SIM card and associating with certain people.
A breach of the ASBOs could lead to a punishment of up to five years in prison and a £5,000 fine.
The orders were made after a joint prosecution by Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police, the latest in a series of measures introduced in a bid to reduce gang crime.
Last month a dispersal zone was extended in Enfield Town, giving police powers to break up groups of young people loitering in the area, and the local authority brought in a host of measure, including CCTV and dispersal zones, to curb anti-social behaviour in Chase Green.
Cabinet member for environment Councillor Chris Bond says the recent ASBOs are an indication that the local authority is doing what it can to reduce gang-related crime and violence.
He said: "We will not tolerate illegal behaviour by gangs and their members in this borough and we will do everything we can to identify, catch and punish those responsible for the abysmal crimes they commit.
"Enfield is a peaceful and safe borough and we will not allow the small criminal minority to wreck the lives of decent law abiding members of the public.
"These ASBOs show we will do whatever we can to disrupt the lives of criminals and make it as difficult as we can for them to continue with their criminal behaviour.
"Our message is simple, if you are thinking of coming to Enfield to commit crime, don't bother because Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police will hunt you down and deal with you."
Enfield Council was the first authority to use an award winning 'call-in' process to warn known gang members about the consequences of gang violence.
The individuals are warned about their criminality and wider behaviour by police, judges, the probation service, council officers, ex-gang members, community leaders, surgeons and the parents of young murder victims.
The parents of young people who had died as a result of gang related violence talk about how the death of their child affected their families while former gang members speak about their experiences of life in gangs and the consequences, while surgeons graphically demonstrate the effect of knife wounds on the body.
Training Detective Constable Lisa Cook, from the Enfield Borough Gangs Unit, said:"Gang violence is a critical social and economic issue and so we established a gangs unit to combat the impact of gang offending.
"This response has two fundamental strands, namely enforcement and, where possible, working with our partners to prevent and divert individuals from the gang lifestyle.
"The gangs unit and the Metropolitan Police Service are committed to working with our communities and partners to reduce the impact of criminal gangs on the people of London. ASBO's are an excellent tool used to assist in combating gang crime."