Swindon man issued anti-social behaviour injunction following public disorder

By Jessica Durston - 23 November 2022

  • Talon Welham

    Talon Welham

A 20-year-old Swindon man has been issued with an anti-social behaviour injunction following incidents of public disorder in the town.

Among other conditions, Talon Welham, 20, of Swindon, has been banned from entering the areas of Walcot and Park North.

He has also been banned from covering or obscuring his face while in Swindon, and riding or being carried in or on any two-wheeled vehicle.

He must also not incite anyone under 18 to engage in criminal activity or join or become a member of a gang, and must not discuss criminal behaviour or gang related activity with anyone under 18.

The injunction, which was issued on 21 November at Swindon Magistrates’ Court, will run until 4 October 2024, and carries powers of arrest.

It was sought by Swindon Borough Council in conjunction with the Swindon Neighbourhood Policing team.

PC Grant Hesketh of the South Central Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This is a great example of partnership working with our partners at Swindon Borough Council to target anti-social behaviour in the local area.

“This injunction carries with it a power of arrest which allows the police to enforce it robustly.

“The injunction carries serious consequences for Welham if he chooses to ignore the conditions and could result in him being imprisoned for any breaches.

“I encourage members of the local community to report any breaches of the injunction to us on either 101 or 999 if required.”

Ian Napier, Community Safety Partnership Investigation Officer for Swindon Borough Council, said: “I am pleased the court granted the injunction because this individual has engaged in prolonged anti-social behaviour in the local community, which was both extremely violent and aggressive, and he has shown no desire to change his ways.

“We have a duty, working with our partners at Wiltshire Police, to keep our local residents safe and this order is an important step in helping us to achieve this.

“However, we need people who live in Walcot and Park North to tell us if they spot Mr Welham breaching any part of the order so we can take further action as appropriate.”

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