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Druids Heath victims in 'fear' as police publish names

Leaflet
Image caption Jamie Wood and Benjamin Wilson were convicted of offences including harassment last month

Victims of two criminals are "living in fear" after their names were published on a police notice posted through people's doors.

The leaflet listed people Benjamin Wilson and Jamie Wood had been ordered not to contact, including some they had targeted in south Birmingham.

But, victims whose names are on the leaflet said they were not consulted by West Midlands Police beforehand.

The force said the notice had been distributed "proportionately".

A spokeswoman for Victim Support said police should work with victims of anti-social behaviour to make sure the tactics they employ do not have unintended consequences.

A friend of the six people, who live in Druids Heath and Kings Norton, said the leaflet had left them deeply fearful.

Image caption West Midlands Police said it had spoken to almost all of the individuals in the Druids Heath and Kings Norton area who the pair must not contact

"They are absolutely astounded that having given information to police in confidence that now it is spread all over a leaflet," he said.

"They feel utterly betrayed, devastated and frightened for their safety."

Wilson and Wood each admitted four charges at Birmingham Crown Court on 12 March, including damaging property, having a bladed instrument and putting a person in fear of violence by harassment.

'Scared for relatives'

Both were given a 13-month sentence suspended for 18 months, told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and also subjected to a criminal behaviour order.

Under the terms, they have to stay out of certain areas.

The leaflet was posted through doors in Druids Heath, but some of those named said police did not consult them about it.

One said they found out when a friend sent a text.

"I am very disturbed. I thought we were protected," they said.

"No wonder people don't come forward when they see crimes.

"I have been named and shamed and I have done nothing wrong."

Some of the six people have contacted the police and crime commissioner's office about the leaflet.

Deputy police and crime commissioner Yvonne Mosquito said the office would respond as soon as possible.

"The police and crime commissioner will also raise the matter with the chief constable at their next meeting," she said.

'Dangerous individuals'

Supt Peter Henrick, of Birmingham South Police, said 30 leaflets were distributed "to help enforce the conditions of the order".

Since it was imposed, he said, Wilson and Wood have complied with all terms.

"We have spoken to almost all of the individuals who the pair must not contact to inform them of the order and what to do should the pair try and contact them," he said.

Carolyn Hodrien, regional director of victim services for Victim Support, said facing a range of abusive behaviour could be terrifying especially when combined with actual harm.

"What victims want is for anti-social behaviour to stop," she said.

"But the police must work with them to make sure whatever tactics they employ to stop offenders, anti-social and criminal behaviour does not have unintended consequence on its victims."

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