Antisocial behaviour reports at The Level plummet by 84 per cent

Posted On 26 Jul 2019 at 12:30 pm

Reports of antisocial behaviour at The Level have fallen by a huge 84 per cent since this time last year following the introduction of special patrols and a mobile police station.

Sussex Police says it has also used intelligence from residents to help tackle bad behaviour at the Brighton park.

The park has long had issues with antisocial behaviour, but last year a double stabbing and other drug related incidents there led to a mobile police station being set up there.

Now, the force says that in July so far there has been an 84 per cent decrease in reported ASB compared with the same month last year.

It also says that increased patrols and a mobile unit has seen a significant fall in the number of street drinkers and ASB in New Road.

The figures were announced as police launched a new drive against antisocial behaviour, or ASB.

Chief Inspector Kris Ottery, the force’s lead on ASB, said: “Working as a team with the community providing and sharing information and partners identifying and addressing issues, we can successfully tackle local issues.

“We are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing the harm that it causes in our communities. We work closely with local authorities, other agencies and the community to seek opportunities for early intervention, support victims, and make appropriate use of the powers available to us where the behaviour persists.”

The force also revealed that more than 200 children aged 10-17 have now been referred into REBOOT, an early intervention scheme launched by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne last November to tackle anti-social behaviour and curb serious violence across Sussex.

Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a societal problem which requires a robust partnership approach and positive policing.

“I want local residents to be reassured that Sussex Police is taking ASB seriously and acknowledging the negative and cumulative effect that it has on our communities.

“I’m aware from speaking extensively to the public that ASB causes immense distress and suffering to its victims and they do not regard it as ‘low-level crime’.

“I’m pleased to hear of targeted policing operations in hotspot areas and I encourage the public to keep reporting to the police so they can feed that learning and intelligence into their activity.

“My REBOOT scheme is already beginning to divert hundreds of young people across Sussex away from this sort of behaviour. We are working hard with partners to identify those engaging in ASB and putting them through a proven 5-stage process.

“After meetings with a PCSO (stage 1), the vast majority are not creating further problems for the community. This approach is clearly working because it empowers the young person to make better decisions and educates them on the consequence of their actions.”

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