PCC welcomes gang injunction sentencing

Merseyside / April 27

Merseyside Police has issued Gang Injunctions to three men who have blighted the L8 and Liverpool city community with gang-related activities, at Liverpool County Court this week (Wednesday, 25 April).

The men had already been subject to Interim Gang Injunction Orders issued at Liverpool County Court on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Working in partnership with Liverpool City Council, the Force have successfully obtained the full Gang Injunction Orders until midnight on 21 March 2020.

The men, who are aged 22, 23 and 26, were involved in a variety of organised criminality.

Local agencies gathered information from the area to build up a picture of the impact the gang and their rivals were having on communities in parts of L8 and Liverpool City Centre.

This was combined with several hundred pages of police officer statements, police incident logs and CCTV presenting a comprehensive case to Liverpool County Court of gang violence.

Full Gang Injunction Orders have been obtained against:

  • Sean Burrell, aged 26, from Childwall
  • Bradley Omar, aged 23, from Toxteth
  • Kane Omar, aged 22, from Toxteth

Under the conditions of the orders, each of the men are banned from:

  • Being with, associating with, communicating with or approaching each other or a further 18 named individuals either in person, on the phone or by other electronic means
  • Entering two specific defined areas of Liverpool 7 and Liverpool 8 which are:

A) The area within Liverpool 7 and 8, bounded by but not including Parliament Street, Upper Parliament Street, Prices Road & Princess Avenue, Devonshire Road, Belvidere Road, Ullet Road, Dingle Lane, Promenade Gardens, Riverside Drive, Sefton Street, returning to Parliament Street as bounded in black on the attached Map A.

B) The area within Liverpool City Centre, Liverpool 1, bounded by but not including Bold Street, Berry Street, Duke Street, Hanover Street, returning to Bold Street, with the exception of entering home addresses by a specified route.

  • Either directly or indirectly 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
  • Either directly or indirectly engaging in any abusive or threatening 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
  • Being in possession of 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
  • Riding or being a passenger on any quad bike, motorbike, scrambler bike, trial bike or any other type of two wheeled motorised bike within the County of Merseyside
  • Owning or having with him more than one 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 in accordance with requirements listed in the order

The full orders last for two years and any breaches of the conditions can result in the individual being arrested and taken to court.

Two others, Ciaran McHale, 25 years of Aigburth and Anthony Reed, 33 years of Toxteth, who were granted two-year full orders in March 2018, have breached their orders and are now serving prison sentences.

On Friday, 9 March at Liverpool County Court, Ciaran McHale was sentenced to 168 days immediate imprisonment for breach of order X 3 by breaching prohibition 1, associating with a person on the non-association list (5 months 18 days).

On Wednesday, 4 April at Liverpool County Court, Anthony Reed was sentenced to 4 months immediate imprisonment for being in possession of a mobile phone not registered with Merseyside Police.

Superintendent Mark Wiggins, Area Commander for Liverpool Local Policing, welcomed the court orders: "Gang injunctions continue to be a powerful tool for us in cracking down on gang crime which can blight the lives of decent, law-abiding people.

"The injunctions, along with other powers we have such as public space protection orders (PSPOs), are aimed at breaking up the gangs by preventing members from associating with each other or other known criminals, and ensuring that the wider community is kept safe.

"They give us the power to restrict their tools of the trade such as their use of mobile phones and social media, or possessing even the smallest amount of drugs. They are even restricted as to where they can and cannot go.

"These restrictions are widely known by local officers and are policed rigorously. If officers see anyone breaching their gang injunction, they have extra powers of arrest and can take that gang member off the streets and put them back before the courts, which we have done in the past in the Speke and South Sefton areas. Academic studies by Liverpool John Moores University have also highlighted the impact that these orders had for the people of Speke.

"Breaches can result in that person being given a prison sentence by the courts so they are a really powerful deterrent. They also give that person a chance to get away from gang life for a while by not associating with other criminals and perhaps consider changing their ways.

"The successful use of injunctions here in Liverpool and previously in other parts of Merseyside has seen a reduction in violent incidents that these gangs are often responsible for. In this case the full orders last for two years and the prohibitions imposed whilst the Interim Orders have been in place have been very effective.

"The vast majority of people living in an area where gangs have been a problem are not involved in crime and just want to live peacefully and without fear or intimidation and we hope these orders will help reduce the damage these criminals cause in their own communities."

Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Criminal gangs bring misery and harm to communities, causing decent, ordinary people to live in fear. Their activities lead to homes and businesses being damaged, violence taking place in the streets and families who are afraid to leave their own front door. Everything that can be done to stop them from carrying out their dangerous and harmful crimes should be done.

"I congratulate Merseyside Police on their success in getting these injunctions. The Force leads the way in this work by exploring every option to curtail the illegal activities of gang members. This has been recognised by HMICFRS inspectors who have today graded the Force’s response to serious and organised crime as ‘outstanding’. These injunctions are yet another tool in this work and I applaud the Force for both the grading they have achieved and for their ongoing efforts to bring gang members to justice."

Merseyside Police encourage anyone with information about the activity of the males involved or indeed any other gang related activity in the area to contact @MerpolHQ or @CrimestoppersUK anonymously on 0800 555 111.