Bootle gang injunction
STEVEN Gray, 23, of no fixed abode, has been given a gang
injunction to stop him from being involved in gang violence and/or drug dealing
On Wednesday, 22 June 2016, at Liverpool County Court, his interim injunction
was made into full Court order, which last for 2 years and forbids him from
associating and communicating with 15 other named individuals, entering certain
parts of Sefton and from using or threatening violence.
The gang injunction was imposed against Gray after Liverpool County Court
accepted the evidence submitted by Merseyside Police that he had engaged,
encouraged or assisted in gang violence or drug dealing.
The Neighbourhood Policing Team, in Bootle, successfully submitted that the
order was necessary and justified to protect Steven Gary and the public, and to
assist the Police to prevent violent incidents involving members of a number of
rival gangs in the area.
The judge agreed that it was necessary to make the Court Order to prevent him
from committing further violent crimes and drug offences as well as to protect
him from being the victims of such crimes.
The order prevents him from:-
► Associating with or communicating with 15 other
individuals named on the order, by any means, including via social media.
► Entering the area of Linacre and Litherland, which
is defined by the area bounded by, but not including:- Knowsley Road, Crosby
Road South, Princess Way, Church Road, Hawthorne Road, Linacre Lane.
► Using or threatening to use violence against any
person or property, including by telephone or any electronic means including all
forms of social media and the Internet.
► Engaging in any threatening or abusive conduct
including by telephone or any electronic means, including all forms of social
media and the Internet.
► Being in possession of any Class A or B drug or
having in his possession any equipment for use in the manufacture / cultivation
or distribution of any Class A or B drugs, including, but not limited to:-
hydroponics equipment, portable heaters, ventilation fans or industrial ducting
within the County of Merseyside.
► Owning or having with him more than 1 mobile
telephone or phone SIM card.
► Owning or having with him any mobile telephone or
phone SIM card the phone number for which has not been disclosed.
Dedicated Neighbourhood Ian Jones said the injunctions had been achieved after a
lot of hard work from the Neighbourhood Policing team and the force's legal
Inspector Ian Jones said:- "We have been working for some time to build
enough evidence to obtain this gang injunction and a County Court Judge has
agreed it is necessary. This Court orders will help us keep certain people away
from each other and out of key areas of the estate, which in turn reduces the
opportunities to commit serious, organised crime. Anyone who disregards the
prohibitions and is caught will be immediately put before the Court and taken
off the streets. It is clear from our work that it is a small number of people
who become involved in criminality in Bootle but these incidents have a massive
effect on many more members of the community. Decent, law-abiding people should
not have to suffer because of the actions of a few. Residents can be assured
that my officers, with support from the rest of the force, are doing everything
we can to reduce violent crime in Bootle, by targeting the people we suspect are
involved. The community has an important part to play in this and I would urge
anyone with information about criminality to contact us via 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111. If you tell us, we will act on it."