A drug-dealing gang, who “wreaked havoc” on a Leeds estate, have been jailed and banned from the area in a landmark legal action brought by the police and council.
Operation Boypark saw the authorities working in partnership to secure injunctions under the Housing Act 1996, in advance of criminal prosecutions, to remove the group from the community where their behaviour had blighted the lives of residents.
Ten members of the group were shown to be involved in a criminal conspiracy to supply cannabis across north-east Leeds from their ‘stronghold’ in south Seacroft where they were responsible for serious anti-social behaviour, which went unchallenged due to a culture of fear among the residents affected by it.
As well as overtly dealing drugs from a secluded cul-de-sac – where none of them lived but where they congregated at all hours of the day and night – the group were involved in assaults, drove off-road motorbikes and cars dangerously, and were generally an intimidating presence.
Eight men were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply controlled drugs. Two other men will be sentenced next month.
Chief Insp Matt Davison, who heads neighbourhood policing in north-east Leeds, said: “This group were the most disruptive and problematic element in the area.
“They had a complete disregard for the impact their behaviour had on others and were convinced that the ‘not a grass’ culture would protect them from authorities.
“These were negative role models of the worst kind who were already creating ‘apprentices’ from younger people in the area and if left unchallenged would have continued to have a really damaging effect on the community.”
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