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Gang Related Violence

Question

1. Please state the total number of Injunctions to Prevent Gang-Related Violence (referred to as a ‘gang injunctions’) issued by your force from 31 Jan 2011 (date they were introduced) to 30 April 2016. Please break these down by calendar year.

2. Please state the total number of breaches to Injunctions to Prevent Gang-Related Violence in the time period referred to in Q1.

3. For each injunction above, could you please provide the following information:

a) Date of injunction

b) Number of people subject to the injunction

c) Age/s of those people at the time the injunction was issued

d) The two conditions which were met in order to grant the injunction

e) Length of the injunction (including any extensions)

f) Details of the prohibitions and requirements of the injunction

g) Whether the injunction was breached

h) For all injunctions that were breached, please also state the result of the breach (i.e. custodial sentence/supervision order/detention order)

 

Answer

1. One injunction was issued in 2011.

2.. There was one breach. 

3. Date of injunction:

10/3/2011 – Interim   24/3/2011 – Full

One person was subject of this injunction.

Conditions met:

1. The court was satisfied that the Respondent had engaged in, or encouraged or assisted gang-related violence.

2. The court was satisfied it was necessary to prevent the Respondent from being involved in gang related violence and/or to protect him from such violence.

The length of the injunction was six months from grant of full injunction.

Details of prohibitions:

1. Not to enter a defined area with two excepted addresses.

2. Not to associate with four  named individuals.

3. Not to wear a specified colour on outer clothing within a second defined area.

4. A power of arrest in respect of breach of 1-3.

5. Engagement with IMPACT ( Integrated Offender Management) on a two monthly basis.

In relation to question 3, parts c, g and h, I am unable to provide you with the individual’s age and whether the injunction was breached as this information constitutes personal information. The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

In addition, Avon and Somerset Constabulary can neither confirm nor deny that it holds any other information with regard to an exempt body as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest in this case.

Confirming or denying the existence of whether any other information is held would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning Security Bodies.  

FOI Ref: 713/16

Date of Request: 15.05.16