THE FACT that seven men have been hit with the Leeds’s first gang injunction is good news for the law-abiding vast majority of people in this city.
Good news because it shows that no one – least of all bullying gang members – are above the law.
Good news because it is the law-abiding majority who usually suffer at the hands of such villains.
Good news because it shows that living beyond the law does not pay.
So-called Asbos have until now tended to be applied to low-level nuisance crime.
It makes common-sense for the principles behind Asbos to be applied to more high-level crimes. The YEP can reveal today that seven men have been hit with the city’s first gang injunction after becoming involved in a long-running feud which left a trail of destruction and misery. Almost 100 crimes, ranging from arson and criminal damage to extortion and kidnap, were linked to the dispute following painstaking work by detectives in Leeds.
These offences have caused fear and concern among innocent people caught up in such incidents. We applaud the police, and other agencies involved for taking such a pioneering step. Let’s hope it continues. The only people who have anything to fear from this are those who think they are above the law.