Three drug dealers have been banned from Piccadilly Gardens and surrounding streets as part of ongoing work to crack down on crime and antisocial behaviour in the city centre.
Manchester City Council has worked closely with Greater Manchester Police to obtain a series of two-year anti-social behaviour orders on conviction (CRASBOs) against the drug dealers.
All three were sentenced to jail terms during hearings at Manchester Crown Court on Monday September 8, following an operation last October in which they were all found selling cannabis in Piccadilly Gardens.
Once released from prison, they will all be banned from entering Piccadilly Gardens and other surrounding streets. If found breaking this order, they risk being sent straight back to jail.
Over 40 people have been arrested as part of Piccadilly Gardens operations this year.
Cllr Kevin Peel said:
"These people were openly selling drugs in areas of the city centre that are used by families, visitors to the city and people trying to go about their everyday business. We will not tolerate people coming into our city centre to commit crimes and intimidate law abiding citizens.
"This was an excellent example of partnership work between the police and the council and we will continue to crack down hard on those using our city centre for criminal activities."
In order to maximise sentencing outcomes a more collaborative approach has been put in place this year as part of the Piccadilly Gardens Operation Mandera, including:
- A dedicated CPS lawyer
- Collaboration with council Community Safety and Neighbourhood Delivery Staff to secure CRASBOs wherever appropriate
- Harvesting community and stakeholder concerns to distil into a Community Impact Statement; making it crystal clear to magistrates & judges the huge impact this issue is having on the community
Inspector Phil Spurgeon, the city centre lead for neighbourhood policing in Piccadilly Gardens, said:
"Along with our partners in Manchester City Council, we have worked tirelessly to rid the city centre of drug dealers, and this result demonstrates our ongoing commitment to rooting this problem out."