Police ban two men from each other's homes after anti-social behaviour prompts more than 200 call-outs

Two men have been barred from going into each other’s homes after their alcohol-fuelled behaviour led to more than 200 police visits.
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Carl Potter and Daniel Davies have been subjected to a landmark court order following a five-year history of reported violence and disorder in South Tyneside.

Police regularly received complaints that the pair had assaulted other and tormented their neighbours as a result of their alcohol misuse and violence.

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Northumbria Police has now secured a two-year civil injunction against the pair, which forbids them from entering each other’s homes.

Carl Potter, left, and Daniel Davies.Carl Potter, left, and Daniel Davies.
Carl Potter, left, and Daniel Davies.

Potter, 38, and Davies, 34, are not permitted to attend the home of the other in the Northumbria Police force area.

They are also forbidden from causing harassment, alarm or distress, using insulting, threatening or intimidating language or behaviour, and must both engage with South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service for one year to address their alcohol misuse.

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Inspector Don Wade, of Northumbria Police, said: “Carl Potter and Daniel Davies have tormented their communities and proved to be a huge drain on police resources over the last five years.

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“Their appalling behaviour – which has been intrinsically linked to their alcohol misuse – has resulted in 220 police call-outs, many of which as a result of them reporting to have been assaulted by the other or generally causing misery to those who live nearby.

“They have demonstrated a total lack of respect for the judicial system. They have received several warnings and been given every chance to change their ways – but have shown a total disregard for the well-being of themselves and those living in the vicinity.

“We are committed to protecting the communities we serve, and hope this landmark injunction – among the first of its kind to be issued in South Tyneside – will help them turn their lives around while also ensuring those who have had to endure their conduct can sleep easy again.”

The force was first alerted to the pair’s behaviour in March 2015 and have since been called to Potter’s home address, on Reed Street, South Shields, more than 200 times when the men have been in each other’s company.

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With neighbours growing increasingly frustrated by their abusive behaviour, the case was taken on by the force’s Southern Harm Reduction team.

On Thursday, June 19, police secured an interim injunction which forbid Potter or Davies from causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person not of the same household, as well as using abusive, insulting, intimidating or threatening language or behaviour in public.

An interim condition was also introduced a few weeks later banning Davies from attending Reed Street after he had verbally abused a disabled woman and her family there on Monday, July 6.

Davies, of Charles Street, Boldon Colliery, was handed a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, last week after pleading guilty to breaching an interim civil injunction.

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Contact Northumbria Police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the force website or by calling 101 if you have any concerns about anti-social behaviour where you live.

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