Council secures ASBOs to improve life in Seven Sisters
Eleven men have been banned from loitering around a Seven Sisters hardware store, helping to create a better environment for residents and shoppers, following an operation led by Haringey Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Action Team.
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have been issued against the 11 men. Ten of them have been banned from entering the area and engaging in anti-social activity for five years and one has been banned for two years.
The ASBOs were issued at Highgate Magistrates’ Court after it heard evidence obtained by the council's Anti-Social Behaviour Action Team (ASBAT) and the police.
It is hoped the orders will finally discourage men, thought to be predominantly from Eastern Europe and mainly Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary, congregating outside the store on Seven Sisters Road touting for work from builders.
The area has become a focal point for contractors seeking casual, cheap labour. Frequently up to a hundred men gather at the site and those not selected for work can end up drinking, urinating and generally causing a nuisance.
Residents and shoppers have complained over the years about intimidation, rubbish, drunken behaviour and noise generated by the group and various measures have been taken in partnership with other agencies to combat the problem, including dispersal orders, but without lasting success.
Cllr Richard Watson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said:
“The council and the police have tried everything to stop men congregating in this area. They have been offered support to help them legitimately seek work, been given support for problems with alcohol and have been linked up with organisations from their home countries, which can provide advice and assistance, but nothing has worked.
“A Dispersal Order restricting them from gathering in the area has been in operation for four years enabling police to move them out of the area, but as soon as officers disappear they return.
“Securing these ASBOs has involved a lot of work by the ASBAT and the council's legal team, but we hope finally they will ensure shoppers and residents can go about their business in peace."
Any breach of the ASBOs could result in imprisonment for up to five years.
An ASBO for two years was served on Nita Grigoras and the following men received orders for five years:
- Alexandru Atodiresei
- Ionut Alexandru Sofronia
- Ionut Manea
- Mario Kowalski
- Nicolae Balan
- Nicolae Ene
- Costel-Livig Danaila
- Gheorghe Apostol
- Marian Dilcy
- Stefan Gotea
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