Activities targeting anti-social behaviour working, say council

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Targeted activities to support communities and tackle anti-social behaviour have been highlighted as a contributing factor in the drop of anti-social behaviour across Stoke-on-Trent, the city council have said.

Figures revealed by Stoke-on-Trent City Council show that there have been fewer than 190 fewer incidents reported over the past three months, with incidents falling by more than a third in both Hanley and Tunstall.

A council spokesman said: “We now have a really strongly established partnership working with a range of agencies, sharing information so that we can effectively deal with complex individuals who impact on communities and who cause repeated demands on services.

“It is an approach that is paying off.”

Some of the activities which are cited as having had a positive impact include:

  • Bi-weekly senior level meetings between council officers and local police commanders to ensure the most appropriate support is provided to communities.
  • Weekly Street Games sessions in Meir which have been running since January, where 20 young people regularly take part fun activities such as football, basketball, and dodgeball.
  • Running regular trading standards test purchases to combat the sale of knives to young people.
  • Supporting young people in the North of the city through a 12-week ‘be a leader’ programme, working with Port Vale, with a sports leadership qualification at the end of the course.

Superintendent Martin Brereton, head of neighbourhood policing at Staffordshire Police, said: “Our ongoing investment in neighbourhood policing has enabled us to make some really positive progress to reduce anti-social behaviour across the city.

“Anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact on individuals and communities and it is therefore something we take very seriously.

“Issues like anti-social behaviour are tackled best when organisations work together and the strong relationship we have with partners like Stoke-on-Trent City Council is a testament to this success.”

The news of a reduction of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour comes after the latest national figures, covering all English and Welsh postcodes from April 2018 to March 2019, showed that the rate of crime in Stoke-on-Trent is 69% higher than the national average.

UK police data shows that, during this period, anti-social behaviour made up 35.4% of all crimes committed in the postcode area, an increase of 1.5% when compared to the previous year.

This meant that Stoke-on-Trent placed third on a table of areas in England and Wales with the highest crime rate linked to anti-social behaviour.

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