Curfew imposed on three Colnbrook brothers in unprecedented action by Slough Council
Three young brothers who have been terrorising Colnbrook residents for years have been issued with youth injunctions following action by Slough Borough Council.
Maidenhead Youth Court issued injunctions for 12 months against Danny Smith, 12, Mickey Dean Smith, 14, and Billy Smith, 16, from Moreland Avenue, Colnbrook, after a litany of complaints and reports from neighbours, police, local businesses and residents.The complaints included allegations the boys were:
- verbally abusing members of the public
- causing criminal damage from firing of catapults
- causing anti-social behaviour and, most horrifically
- torturing and killing local pets and other animals
The injunctions mean the boys are under a curfew banning them from leaving their house without a responsible adult between the hours of 9pm and 6am and cannot act in an anti-social manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to anyone including:
- carrying catapults or any other weapons and or objects that can cause damage to property or injury to persons or animals
- threatening, abusive or aggressive language in a public place or any place the public has access
- causing harm or cruelty to animals be they domestic or wild
- entering the Golden Cross service station and car wash, High Street Colnbrook.
The boys are also required to engage with the Slough Youth Offending Team.
These are the first such injunctions ever sought by Slough Borough Council and follow several months of interventions by the council, police and other agencies.
The council and police are now monitoring the injunctions so any breach can be responded to immediately. Enforcement officers are also looking at further claims of animal cruelty – to both pets and wild animals – in the area.
A youth injunction is a civil injunction and is proved on the basis of the balance of probabilities unlike in a criminal case where the evidence needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
Michelle Isabelle, anti-social behaviour coordinator for Slough Borough Council, said: “We did not take the decision to request injunctions lightly, but after months and years of action by us and others, the anti-social behaviour by the Smith boys was getting worse not better and we were left with no other option.
We would encourage residents to continue to report anti-social behaviour to us with the reassurance we can and will take action on behaviour that blights the lives of local residents
Councillor Paul Sohal, commissioner for regulation and consumer protection, said: “These boys are not innocent misunderstood children; they have been systematically and continuously waging a war of harassment, cruelty and antisocial behaviour on local residents.
“From the horrendous acts of animal cruelty, shooting pets and others animals with catapults, the criminal damage to homes and cars, putting others lives at risk and the online gloating about their acts; for too long these young people have refused to change their behaviour despite multiple offers of assistance.
Colnbrook residents have suffered enough; we cannot and will not put up with people who have such wanton disregard for the suffering of others.
Acting Inspector Tom O’Brien, said: ““Thames Valley Police take anti-social behaviour seriously and are very pleased with this result.
“In partnership with many other agencies including Slough Borough Council we have worked hard to reduce the offending of these boys and this injunction will add to the enforcement powers available.
“Thames Valley Police works in partnership with many agencies to combat anti-social behaviour and we welcome the community making contact with their Neighbourhood Policing Team to report any such matters.
“All of our details are available on the Thames Valley Police website.”
The case was heard at Maidenhead Youth Court on 10 November 2016. The judge imposed no reporting restrictions and this has been confirmed following the case.