Nuisance banned from South Shields neighbourhood after making people's lives a misery

A prolific nuisance has been banned from setting foot in part of South Shields in a bid to curb his worsening antisocial behaviour, say police.

Graham Edmond, 40, of no fixed abode, was served a two-year civil injunction order on November 3 after Northumbria Police and South Tyneside Council raised concerns about his intimidating behaviour in the community.

Edmond, who police say has been arrested more than 100 times has previous for offences including burglary, criminal damage and harassment, faces arrest if he enters the Biddick Hall area.

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He is also prevented from using or threatening violence and being a nuisance to residents, visitors and workers. The injunction was granted in September and is set to expire in two years’ time in 2024.

Graham Edmond.

Inspector Don Wade, of Northumbria Police, said “We hope those who live, work in and visit Biddick Hall will join us in welcoming the news that Edmond can no longer enter the area.

“The majority of reports we’ve received about his antisocial behaviour centre around him causing alarm and disorder, making life miserable for those in the community.

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“Edmond has exasperated all chances he was given to turn his behaviour around and, instead of working with police and partners, he has continued to cause a nuisance and repeatedly break the law.

“This civil injunction will ban him from entering the area that has been most affected by his offending and help to keep the public and workers safe. Should Edmond choose to ignore the conditions of his agreement, he will face re-arrest and a potential jail term.

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“We hope that this offers reassurance to the wider community and, as a Force, we will continue to do all we can to act on concerns reported and bring effective justice against prolific offenders.”

A spokesperson for South Tyneside Council said: “This man has a long history of frightening and antisocial behaviour. No one should feel afraid in their community but people living on this estate have had to endure his intimidation, threats and damage over several years.

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“Officers from South Tyneside Homes have worked alongside our partners to secure this injunction to protect Biddick Hall residents and we hope it brings them some relief.

“Antisocial behaviour can ruin people’s lives and we will continue to do all we can to tackle it.”

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Anyone who is a victim of antisocial behaviour is encouraged to report it to police via the 'Tell Us Something' page of its website or by calling 101.

In an emergency, or if a crime is taking place, always ring 999.