Gang injunctions

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-09-14
Session date: 
September 14, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3666
Question By: 
Unmesh Desai
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In August West Midlands Police described the largest ever gang injunction in Birmingham, which saw eighteen men from two criminal gangs banned from appearing in music videos, being forbidden from associating with each other, including whilst in prison and prohibited from entering certain parts of the city centre as 'a landmark ruling'. What role do you think large scale injunctions could play in countering criminal activity committed by gangs in London?

Answer

Answer for Gang injunctions

Answer for Gang injunctions

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS does uses gang injunctions, amongst other enforcement tools, to restrict the negative behaviours of those involved in youth violence. There are currently 10 live Gang Injunctions and 268 Criminal Behaviour Orders on those linked to gangs across London. The MPS uses Criminal Behaviour Orders as their primary option, as any breaches of these are listed as a criminal conviction - unlike Gang Injunctions - thus giving sentencing weight to any future offending.

However each case is assessed on its merits and if the most appropriate option is a Gang Injunction then the MPS will apply for them.