Three people banned from Downham Market, after violent assault in town

Daniel Castleton. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Daniel Castleton. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

Two men and a woman have been banned from a west Norfolk town after a violent assault in which two people were allegedly attacked.

James Taylor. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

James Taylor. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

One of the men banned from Downham Market, James Taylor, 22, will have to find a new home, as the order prohibits him from being at his current address in Glebe Road in the town.

Daniel Castleton, 26, of Britton Close, Watlington, is banned from entering the town, while Kelly Marie Smith, 39, also from Glebe Road in Downham Market, is just excluded from a specific area of the Glebe estate in the town.

The ban relates to a violent assault in Glebe Road at about 7.40pm on March 19.

West Norfolk Council used new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014 to secure the injunctions.

Kelly Marie Smith. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Kelly Marie Smith. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

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A council spokesman said the injunctions offered some protection to the victims of the assault, which involved the use of weapons and resulted in the victims sustaining injuries to the head and lower arms. If the injunctions are breached, the individuals can be arrested.

John Greenhalgh, the council's environmental health manager (community safety), said: 'We take these matters very seriously indeed.

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'By publicising the injunctions members of the public can assist with helping us to enforce them and it is a clear message to anyone thinking of behaving badly that we do take action and will follow it through to protect the community from unacceptable behaviour. We believe we are one of the first authorities to use the new powers in this way.'

A Norfolk police spokesman said all three were arrested on March 19; the two men on suspicion of assault.

Ms Smith was charged with assaulting a police officer, and will appear before King's Lynn magistrates on April 16. No further action was taken against the two men, police said.

A further hearing is set for April 15 when the court can decide to vary the conditions of the orders, discharge the orders, or continue with them as they are. As they stand they are set to remain in force until 6pm on May 6.

Anyone witnessing a breach of the injunction should contact the police on 101 or the operational partnership team via the council's 01553 616200 number.

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