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Lincoln shop owner boards up business to deter vandals

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A business owner in Lincoln, who had his shop window smashed earlier this month, has now resorted to boarding his shop up after the same thing happened again.

Jim Tweedle claims his shop on Monks Road is regularly a target for anti social behaviour because it's situated next door to a homeless shelter. He says he's had needles and rubbish pushed through his letterbox in the past, and is now planning to put shutters up the windows.

The Nomad Trust who operate the homeless shelter though say their service users can't be blamed for everything that happens on the street and they have taken action to improve their premises.

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Anti social behaviour drops in South Bradford

Anti-social behaviour has fallen in parts of Bradford.

West Yorkshire Police have been carrying out operations to target offenders. In the Bradford South Division anti-social behaviour has dropped by 35% between April and September 2012 compared to the same time the previous year. That is 1,727 fewer offences.

In the later operation eleven vehicles were seized for having no insurance and £3000 was seized during a raid under the Misuse of Drugs Act. A total of 22 arrests were made.

People who live and work in the city have highlighted issues of anti social behaviour as one of their key issues. This can come in many forms, however; their main concerns surrounded drugs and the anti social use of vehicles.

Working with our partners and supported by different departments within West Yorkshire Police, we were able to focus our resources around this.

It is clear that our combined efforts have made a difference, however; this operation is simply designed to bolster our ongoing work and is by no means a conclusion.

– Vicky Lawrance, City Ward Neighbourhood Policing Team Inspector

Details of orders to replace ASBOs

Anti-social behaviour orders, which were brought in by the previous Labour government, have been described by critics as a badge of honour among anti-social youths. The reforms, outlined today, will replace 19 measures with six powers that will target people, places and police powers.

  • A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) will be used to ban an individual from particular activities or places.
  • A civil Crime Prevention Injunctions (CPI) will allow agencies to step in before bad behaviour escalates, in as little as days or even hours.
  • There will be simpler powers to close premises that are a magnet for trouble.
  • Tougher action will be taken over nightmare neighbours including a faster eviction process for those who refuse to change their ways.

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Home Secretary outlines anti-social behaviour plans

The Home Secretary has announced details of a new community trigger that will force police to investigate repeated complaints about anti-social behaviour. Theresa May said she wants to make it quicker and easier to stop anti-social behaviour blighting the lives of communities.

Police forces will be required to investigate any incident reported by at least five people, or any three separate complaints by the same person.

West Lindsey in Lincolnshire is one of three areas that has been chosen to pilot the new system.

What we have seen over the years is too many incidents of anti-social behaviour are not being treated as seriously as they are. The community trigger will give people, either individuals or local communities, the opportunity to say the point has come where the police are required to do something, look into it, investigate, find out what's happening and take action. What we will see is anti-social behaviour being taken seriously and being dealt with. What we're doing is giving people the confidence that when they call the police something will be done.

– Home Secretary, Theresa May MP.

New alcohol control signs go up in Lincoln

Signs are starting to go up around Lincoln to inform residents about the new alcohol control zone which is being enforced. Police now have the power to tell people in a specific part of the city to stop drinking if they are causing, or likely to cause, a nuisance.

Alcohol control signs get put up
City of Lincoln Council's Acting Anti-Social Behaviour Team Leader, Sam Barstow, with PCSO Clare Hart. Credit: City of Lincoln Council

Police enforce new street drinking powers

Police in Lincoln are starting to enforce new powers to tackle street drinking. It follows the creation of a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) by the City of Lincoln Council last November. Signs are going up explaining the new rules, which stop short of a total alcohol ban.

The DPPO is one of a number of measures we've put in place to make Lincoln a safe and attractive environment. We work with the police, street pastors and city centre management, as well as bars and clubs, to keep people safe in the city centre, through both enforcement and preventative action, and are positive that this extra tool will help to tackle the specific problem of on-street drinking.

– Sam Barstow, City of Lincoln Council.

Police officers now have the power to ask people to stop drinking alcohol if they are causing, or are likely to cause, a nuisance or annoyance. If that person refuses, an offence has been committed.

This is good news for the people of Lincoln and those who use and visit the city centre. DPPO legislation is another tool which we, the police, can use to reduce the behaviour of those individuals who drink in the street and then choose to behave in an anti-social manner. This is not about stopping sensible and well behaved drinking, but those whose behaviour is not acceptable should at least expect to have their drink taken from them, and to be required to leave the area.

– Mark Garthwaite, Neighbourhood Policing Inspector

The DPPO will be enforced within a boundary set by Newport Arch, St Mark’s Shopping Centre, Broadgate and the Brayford Bridge.

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