POLICE SUCCESSFULLY TACKLE LONG RUNNING PROBLEM
THE past several months has seen Uttoxeter the target for anti-social behaviour between youngsters.
Police received several reports of nuisance behaviour and vandalism within the last month or two.
The latest spate of anti-social behaviour involved explosions after areosol cans were set alight in a number of locations around the town centre.
Staffordshire Police have now reported that after continued work and engagement with partner agencies, young people, and enforcement, they are now noticing a decline in reports and incidents.
It was confirmed by PSCO Isobel Alkins that a number of young people were handed an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC), after the PCSO’s visited their home addresses and spoke with parents/guardians.
An ABC is an early intervention, generally following two warnings but prior to an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), now a Community Protection Notice (CPN), made against individuals who are perceived to be engaging in anti-social behaviour.
ABC’s apply to individuals under the age of 16, who have been engaging in anti-social behaviour.
Those over the age of 16 and caught engaging in such behaviour are handed a CPN Warning Letter.
If anti-social behaviour continues, they’re then given a CPN.
This notice requires the behaviour to stop and if necessary, reasonable steps will be taken to ensure it is not repeated in the future.
Reasonable steps can include legal action, where authorities can form a list of conditions, similar to the old ASBO, where an individual can be forbidden from a certain area, within a certain time-frame.
PCSO David Higgs, anti-social behaviour coordinator of East Staffordshire local policing team, told the Times and Echo: “We expect the anti-social behaviour to increase after Easter, and during the summer holidays.
“We have a range of initiatives, including the Community Trust football, where we try to get young people involved, playing a game, two mornings a week on the park.
“It’s all about education and diversion, we’re looking at utilising more in the community, buildings such as the youth club, with WiFi and what these kids need to get them in.”
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