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‘Huge improvement’ on antisocial behaviour in Weston-super-Mare

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 December 2017

Weston's street wardens are among officers leading the crackdown on antisocial behavior and other offences.

Weston's street wardens are among officers leading the crackdown on antisocial behavior and other offences.

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Antisocial behaviour has more than halved in North Somerset over the past five years, as ‘collaborative’ efforts make a significant dent in the issue.

Incidents across the district have fallen from 7,380 in 2013 to 3,048 this year, a Mercury freedom of information request has revealed.

Significant progress has been made in Weston town centre, where antisocial behaviour has fallen by 64 per cent since 2013, when almost 1,300 incidents were recorded.

The total has also halved in the Ashcombe, Weston Villages, and Worle and North Weston beat areas.

More than 25,000 incidents were recorded over the five-year period.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary believes the reduction is due to the work of a number of agencies.

A spokesman said: “Antisocial behaviour has been one of the force priorities since the police and crime commissioner was appointed in 2012.

“One of the reasons for the success in this area has been the collaborative work of a number of partners, including the police.

“In Weston, zoning of police officers, giving them designated patrol areas is one way we have helped to target and reduce antisocial behaviour – especially during the night time – working alongside North Somerset Council and local licensees.

“The town centre team in Weston has also focused on arresting repeat offenders to reduce crime. Officers have used the full range of powers, which include words of advice, acceptable behaviour contracts and criminal orders.

“We are pleased the public continue to work with us to tackle antisocial behaviour by reporting incidents to us. Together we can continue to tackle this problem.”

Central ward councillor Richard Nightingale believes antisocial behaviour can ‘damage communities as a whole’.

He said: “These figures show a huge improvement and this is partially due to some of the joined up work of the local police, council, other partners and, most importantly, local residents.

“The recent resurgence of Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings will have a major effect on the future of law enforcement in our town. Central Ward’s PACT has a newly-elected chairman, Chris Nettleton, who has made great strides in holding agencies to account.

“Only by working together can we send a clear message that any antisocial behaviour is unacceptable.”

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