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Man who made life a misery for Byker residents handed civil injunction

24 Apr 2018 14:00 PM

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A man has been slapped with a civil injunction after making life a misery for residents in the east end of Newcastle.

John Mario Thompson, 32, was issued the injunction last week after a police investigation into a spate of burglaries in Byker.

In recent months we have received a number of reports of aggravated burglaries in the area.

An investigation into those offences are ongoing but as part of those enquiries Thompson became known to our officers.

It was reported that he had intimidated local people and was making life a misery for residents in the Byker area.

We have worked closely with Newcastle City Council to present a case to a civil court and now Thompson has been handed an injunction.

The order will be in place for three months and prevents Thompson from entering the Byker area or associating with three named individuals.

If he is found to have breached the order then he could face further criminal action.

Newcastle East End's Neighbourhood Inspector, Kirsty Smith, said the injunction showed that police and partners would use all the legislation available to them.

She said: "We have had numerous reports that John Mario Thompson is making life a misery for local residents in Byker and so this order is great news for them.

"It shows that we can use a range of legislation to take the appropriate action and make our local communities a safer place for members of the public.

"I want to thank the city council and all the members of the public who have helped us secure this injunction and keep Thompson away from the Byker ward."

Inspector Smith added: "A criminal investigation into a number of aggravated burglaries in the Byker area will continue and we want anyone with information about those to get in touch.

"If you have any CCTV fitted at your property then we are interested in reviewing it as it may assist the enquiries we are currently carrying out."

Cllr Nick Kemp, Chair of Safe Newcastle, said: "Safe Newcastle takes the issue of community safety very seriously and we support fully the work of Northumbria Police and the action taken in enforcing an interim injunction order

"We encourage members of the public to continue to report problems and this is clear evidence that action will be taken by officers of the council and the police."

We have attached three pictures of Thompson as he has changed his appearance in the past. If you see him in Byker then give us a call.

Anyone who wants to speak to police about the investigation into the aggravated burglaries can do so by calling 101 or by emailing newcastleeast.npt@northumbria.pnn.police.uk.