Police celebrate drop in antisocial behaviour

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 December 2010

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POLICE in Weston have delivered an early Christmas to town residents – news that antisocial behaviour in the resort has dropped dramatically.

Officers have this week revealed that a range of initiatives, including high profile patrols and targeting of problem people and areas, has seen incidents drop by 17 per cent this year.

The news has been heralded as a positive step by senior Weston officers, who warn trouble-makers they will be targeted by further action in 2011.

Inspector Liz Hughes said: “We have continued to take a robust approach with reports of antisocial behaviour this year and we continue to work closely with CCTV operators in the town to identify the people responsible.

“So far this year we have seen a reduction of 17 per cent in anti-social behaviour reports, but we will continue to target those that cause problems in the town.”

Petty crime and nuisance incidents were identified as the number one concern of residents during PACT meetings and police surgeries.

And with officers saying they recognise the impact these fears have on people’s quality of life, they have ‘made sustained efforts to identify the main perpetrators’.

This meant beat teams in areas such as the town centre, and Oldmixon, Coronation and Bournville estates have pinpointed culprits and applied for a series of antisocial behaviour orders.

Residents also pushed for a safer social environment, so efforts have been made to reduce alcohol-related problems in the town centre.

Key to this was the creation of a new Pubwatch scheme, which saw 17 bars work together to help identify and prosecute troublemakers.

This also helps pubs ban repeat offenders – and if necessary, allows authorities to implement a blanket ban prohibiting troublemakers from entering any licensed premises in the town.

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