London Park man sent to prison for breaching injunction

Release Date: 11-Jan-2012
Eighteen-year old Mirfield man, Jordan Watkinson has been sent to prison for six months for breaching an order banning him from the London Park estate.
At Leeds Combined Court on Tuesday 10 January, Watkinson was sentenced for breaching an interim anti-social behaviour injunction (ASBI) given to him on 30 December for persistent alleged anti-social behaviour on the estate. He also faces a criminal trial for affray after he allegedly damaged a police car and threw missiles at police officers on London Park in May 2011.

At yesterday’s hearing, Watkinson was found guilty of four breaches of the interim ASBI:

• Being in the exclusion zone on 2 January 2012
• Violence towards the Police on 2 January 2012
• Using threatening words and behaviour on 2 January 2012
• Being on the London Park estate on 31 December 2011.

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) took out the interim injunction against Watkinson because of alleged repeated and persistent anti-social behaviour offences on the London Park estate.

The action came as a result of joint work between KNH and the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, who have been working in partnership since the summer of 2011 specifically to tackle anti-social behaviour and criminal activity on the London Park estate.

PC Chris Bullock who, along with PC Gary Guy, patrol the estate regularly said: "Watkinson's custodial sentence today should send a clear message to those on the London Park estate who think that they can make life difficult for the law abiding people who reside there.

"The Dewsbury and Mirfield NPT, as well as our partners within KNH and the council are committed to improving the estate and tackling those involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

"This has been a great result, but it is not the end of our work and we want the people of the estate to continue to pass information to us, so that we can put others like Watkinson before the Courts."

Cllr David Sheard, Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council and Cabinet member for housing, said: “The Council and its partners take anti-social behaviour very seriously and will take strong action against the small minority who seem to take pleasure out of making life miserable for their neighbours.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners in housing and the police to bring these people to justice and to bring respite to their neighbours.”

KNH’s Community Protection Officer, Richard Tedder, said, “This is a great result for all those involved in the case and for the residents of London Park.

“The judge has given Watkinson a considerable sentence, which I hope convinces him and others who may be tempted to cause trouble that we won’t tolerate this kind of behaviour on the estates we manage.”

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