ASBOs banish 'infamous five' who were a blight on West End
By JulieGK | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 20:38
Five 'career criminals' responsible for a total of more than 500 crimes have been cleared out of the West End ahead of the Christmas shopping and party season.
ASBOS: Top L-R Anthony Carroll, Basil Turner, Durane Sweet. Bottom L-R: Georgia Nelson, Wayne Sang
Westminster City Council, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, has successfully secured ASBOs against each of the serial offenders this month, the last of whom appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 19 November.
The five offenders' drug habits have led to a catalogue of threatening and criminal behaviour around central London including 'dipping' people's bags to steal phones and purses, robbery, shoplifting, sexual offences and carrying offensive weapons.
Their other late-night activities around Soho have included loud anti-social behaviour keeping residents awake, using drugs in the doorways of shops and businesses, and scams in which a woman seduces men on the street to lure them to an area where they are mugged by a team of 'henchmen'.
This latest haul is part of an ongoing effort to increase safety in the West End, and comes on the back of Westminster Council's three-year Soho Living City Project – tackling drug use, regenerating Soho and making the area safer and more enjoyable – and Operation Trafalgar run by the Metropolitan Police.
The ASBOs secured against the five offenders will ban them from the whole of the West End and a large part of Camden.
The five recipients of the ASBOs (all lasting five years) are as follows:
Anthony Carroll, aged 44, whose convictions include theft, public order offences and drugs offences. Under the ASBO he is banned from: entering an exclusion zone including the West End and large parts of Camden (except to access a specified drug treatment service); being in possession of any drugs paraphernalia in a public place in Westminster or Camden; using threatening, aggressive or obscene language or behaviour in any public place in Westminster or Camden; being in possession of any opened container of alcohol in any public place, except licensed premises, in Westminster or Camden.
Durane Sweet, aged 37, theft, public order and drugs offences. Under the ASBO he is banned from: entering exclusion zone (except to access a specified drug treatment service); possession of drugs paraphernalia; using threatening, aggressive or obscene language or behaviour.
Basil Turner, aged 48, theft, public order, drugs and offensive weapon offences. Under the ASBO he is banned from: entering exclusion zone; possession of drugs paraphernalia.
Georgia Nelson, aged 39, sexual offences, theft and drugs offences. Under the ASBO she is banned from the entering exclusion zone.
Wayne Sang, aged 37, theft, drugs, assault and public order offences. Under the ASBO he is banned from: entering exclusion zone; possession of drugs paraphernalia or controlled drugs; using threatening, aggressive or obscene language or behaviour.
Commenting on the round of ASBOs, Cllr Nickie Aiken, Westminster City Council's cabinet member for community protection, said: "These five serial offenders have been a menace around the West End, intimidating visitors and local people and also proving a blight on businesses.
"We see the ASBOs as a substantial victory which will help us clear central London of these undesirable characters once and for all, as part of our ongoing work to clean up the West End."