Birmingham City Council v Sharif

Injunction – Breach of injunction. There was no general principle that only in exceptional circumstances should a court grant an injunction where an alternative, specific statutory remedy was available or the court should not do so where breach could carry more severe sanctions than breach of a Public Spaces Protection Order, nor was there any basis for the argument that local authorities could not seek a remedy with more serious consequences in the event of a breach or that the court could not grant such a remedy if it considered it justified and proportionate so to do. Consequently, the Queens' Bench Division dismissed the 16th respondent's application for discharge of an injunction, which he had allegedly breached, made against persons unknown with a power of arrest attached, granted to Birmingham City Council to tackle the problem of car cruising.

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