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Night-time streets being cleaned up

PUBLISHED: 06:12 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:54 12 April 2013

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WESTON’S streets are much safer at night-time than they were previously, according to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) - despite problems being highlighted in her own report last week.

The PCC’s North Somerset crime plan singled out Weston’s night-time economy as an issue to tackle in its five-year-plan, although Sue Mountstevens this week stressed antisocial behaviour levels are falling.

The report stated that Avon and Somerset Constabulary would do all it can to reduce problems in the town centre, with more than 50 per cent of Weston’s violent crime taking place near the majority of the resort’s bars, clubs and pubs.

But Ms Mountstevens, who was elected as North Somerset’s first PCC in November, said it was important to remember the success officers have had in curbing the problem in recent years.

Ms Mountstevens said: “Antisocial behaviour is reducing year-on-year and it is a much nicer environment than it was previously.”

Despite alcohol-induced crime in Weston being highlighted as a target area in the report, Ms Mountstevens said it was not her decision whether more police officers will patrol the streets at night during peak times.

However, she highlighted the police’s involvement in closing down Hotshotz in Meadow Street in December 2011 as proof of the force’s commitment to tackling antisocial behaviour.

She also said it was important that drinkers were not put off from using the area.

She said: “The night-time economy is vital for Weston and so we have got to get to the point where it is safe place in the evening.

“When people drink too much alcohol, things can get out of hand.

“It is important the police, council and street pastors work together to make this possible.”

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