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Banned from the borough – Met gets tough on gangs

Hardline measures as police crack down on violent crime

24 December, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

Dylan Callender O’Brien was handed a ‘gang injunction’ order this month

A POLICE chief has pledged to ramp up the number of “gang injunctions” against suspects after one was used to ban a teenager from riding a bike in public and stop him from entering the borough of Islington.

Dylan Callender O’Brien, 18, was handed a gang injunction order this month banning him from riding a bike in a public place, possessing a balaclava, running away from the police or entering any part of Islington.

The hardline measures are part of a new strategy the police are seeking to pursue in a bid to crack down on violent crime in the borough and across London, the Tribune was told.

Detective Constable Gill Simpson, of the Met’s Violence Intervention Unit, said: “I think it is a tactic we will look to in the future. I have another one that is running at the moment and another three lined up in the process of being looked at. We do plan more.

“It’s due to the nature of the rise in violent crime.”

Mr Callender O’Brien’s order prevents him from contacting 59 individuals or entering the borough of Islington and certain areas of Camden and Hackney. It is thought to be the first time the order has been used to prevent someone from riding a bike in public.

Mr Callender O’Brien, who grew up in Islington but has since been moved to Enfield, must also give police his mobile phone and social media account details. Content posted on his social media must not incite or encourage violence.

If he breaches the order he will be arrested and liable to serve time in prison.

Mr Callender O’Brien was previously given a less restrictive interim gang injunction in August and he was sentenced on December 8, for four breaches of the interim order.

This led the Met to seek further restrictions. He was handed the order on December 9 at Central London County Court.

Currently, 10 people are living under gang injunction restrictions in London.

Det Con Simpson added: “The purpose of gang injunction is to reduce the opportunity for violence and criminal activity by restricting individuals from associating with each other, prohibiting them from frequenting in certain areas.”

Gang injunctions were introduced in 2011 as a way to prohibit the movement of gangs and communication between members.

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