Trafford Council clamps down on anti-social behaviour with court injunction

Trafford Council and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have taken action against a man over anti-social behaviour in the Davyhulme area of Trafford.

James (also known as John) Hobbs (52) had been reported to the Council’s community safety team and GMP following complaints about his behaviour around two primary schools. At one he told staff and parents that he was ‘Jimmy Savile’ and was found with his trousers around his ankles attempting to climb the fence of a second primary school in Trafford.

In addition, there have been complaints about his behaviour near to his address on Kew Drive in Davyhulme.

Officers from the Council’s Community Safety Team made an application to the County Court on March 20 for an injunction under Part 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The injunction was granted and Mr Hobbs has been prohibited from:

  • Entering or attempting to enter any primary school or the grounds of any primary school in England or Wales
  • Contacting or communicating with any person under the age of 18 save as unavoidable ion ordinary life.

The order was made final by the County Court on the 15 April 2024. The injunction carries a power of arrest meaning police can immediately take Mr Hobbs into custody should he repeat his behaviour.

In addition, an application was also made to the Magistrates Court for a closure order in relation to Mr Hobbs’s property. The order was granted and the address is now closed for three months, the maximum allowed by law. 

Cllr Rose Thompson, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Safety, said:

“Trafford Council is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in our communities, particularly where orders are necessary to protect the safety of children. We will work closely with other agencies including GMP to stamp out such behaviour.”

Posted on Tuesday 14th May 2024