Five criminals prolifically involved in a gang’s reign of fear including serious violence and drug dealing have been handed Nottingham’s first gang injunctions.
Nottingham City Council’s anti-social behaviour team began working with Nottinghamshire Police to gather evidence against the men who were identified as being involved in drug-related activity and violence in 2018 and part of the Certified Marmion Gang based in St Ann’s.
Tensions between this gang and rival gangs came to a head during the summer of 2018 when there was a series of violent incidents attributed to gang feuds.
Police launched detailed investigations and made arrests in connection with these serious incidents which included firearm discharges.
As well as being involved in serious crimes, gang members also used social media and the internet to publish videos, often boasting about criminal exploits as well as taunting rival gangs.
Three Certified Marmion Gang members whose activities have now been curtailed by the landmark gang injunctions cannot be named for legal reasons.
The others are Lavontie Cameron, 22, of Kelvedon Gardens, St Ann’s, and Bryam Ismail, 26, of Sullivan Close, St Ann’s.
In 2019, interim gang injunctions were imposed by Nottinghamshire County Court aimed at preventing the gang members from engaging in, or encouraging or assisting, gang-related violence or gang-related drug dealing activity; and/or to protect the men from gang-related violence or gang-related drug dealing activity, as well as the greater community of Nottingham from the impact from this behaviour.
On Tuesday 11 May 2021, the county court granted final orders, meaning that they will continue to run for the full two-year period allowed, which ends this August.
If breached, the matters would return to court where prison sentences could be imposed.
The injunctions prohibit a range of activities, including association between the men, using or threatening to use any violence against any person or property, being in possession of any equipment for the use of manufacturing cultivation or distribution of any illegal drugs, being in possession of any illegal drugs, uploading or being in any internet or social media posts, and carrying a gun, knife or weapon.
Councillor Neghat Khan, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, safety and inclusion, said: “Bringing about the first gang injunctions in the city has been a great partnership effort between the council’s antisocial behaviour officers and police officers which has resulted in a de-escalation of criminal and violent behaviour that can impact unacceptably on our communities and we hope will help to prevent others from being drawn into gang activities.
“These injunctions were put in place to curtail the activities and break the framework of a gang operating in Nottingham, in order to protect the public.
“While the interim orders were in place, we noticed a vast reduction in the sort of behaviour that was happening before and so we would see this as a success so far in keeping people safe.”
Chief Constable Craig Guildford, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Nottingham is not a city that has a major gang problem but we will use all powers at our disposal to keep people safe, deter and disrupt the criminal activity of people linked to gang violence.
“We were able to show these individuals were engaging in gang-related activity in the St Ann’s area.
“Their behaviour was having a major impact upon the community and by working closely with our city council colleagues I’m pleased we have been able to secure these injunctions – which are a first for Nottingham – to help prevent further harm to our communities.
“If they flout any of the conditions of the injunctions, we can arrest them and place them before the courts where they could be liable to serve time in prison.”
Mr Guildford added: “An enormous amount of work has gone into securing these landmark injunctions which are just one of the many tools we can use to tackle and reduce violence.
“I want to reassure the public that we will continue to work tirelessly, shoulder-to-shoulder with our partners, to crack down on gang-related crime in our communities.
“This will include continuing to use local intelligence, including social media monitoring, to be alert to and monitor potential tensions.”
Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry said: “This is really good news for local communities, who for too long have had to live with gang-related behaviour in their neighbourhoods. This injunction shows the power of partners working together to use every tool in the box to tackle crime. I said that more would be done to crack down on gangs so I welcome this step, which will also send a strong message to other gangs that their days are numbered.”
The Policing and Crime Act 2009 contains provisions for injunctions to prevent gang-related violence and gang-related drug dealing activity to be sought against an individual.
A gang injunction is a civil tool that allows the police and the local authority to apply to the County Court, High Court or Youth Court for an injunction against an individual to prevent gang-related violence and gang-related drug dealing.
The Court then by imposing a range of prohibitions and requirements on the respondent, aims to prevent the respondent from engaging in, or encouraging or assisting, gang-related violence or gang-related drug dealing activity; and/or to protect the respondent from gang-related violence or gang-related drug dealing activity.