ASB falls after police op in Lemingon
25 Jan 2016 16:29 PM[View Full Size]
Partnership action in Lemington sees anti-social behaviour (ASB) drop by almost 70%.
Officers from the Newcastle North Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) joined forces with staff from local schools, local Youth Services, Your Homes Newcastle and Newcastle Council to run the two-month-long 'Operation Unity'.
The operation's aim was for police and partners to come together to tackle ASB and disorder in the area, address the concerns of local residents and help make the area a better place to be.
During the operation officers and partners have been carrying out lots of work right across the Lemington area, this included:
- Extra patrols by officers and local authority staff at key times - targeting trouble makers and taking positive action.
- Regular meetings with local schools to identify problem pupils and work with them on their behaviour, and working with staff to create positive opportunities and local activities for youths to get involved in.
- Litter picking / Dog fouling days of action - working with local authority staff and environmental officers to clean up the area
- Regular partnership meetings - where the public came along and spoke to officers and partners face to face about their concerns and problems and solutions were offered.
- Using moveable CCTV effectively in priority areas
- Gathering intelligence and using powers of social and private rented organisations
The action was all aimed at tackling crime and disorder and also improving peoples' quality of life in Lemington and was initiated after local people told police they were growing increasingly concerned around a number of ASB issues in the area.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Robert Bosson, said: "All the Agencies involved in Operation Unity are delighted with the results which have been produced by the Operation in such a short space of time and we see this as a stepping stone to really tackling some of the key issues which have been discovered during the Operation.
"Following consultation and some hard work by the groups involved its clear to see that the anti-social behaviour problems involve a small group of young people, some of which live outside of the area. Also, there are limited activities for young people in the area and the core agencies now involved are committed to look at what is currently or potentially available to maximise opportunities.
"This on-going work does not detract from the positive results that we have seen come from Op Unity and I think this is highlighted in a clear reduction in the number of ASB incidents we have seen in the area - they have dropped by almost three quarters in the last month.
"This is great news for the people who live in Lemington and it’s now imperative that we build on this work and continue to look for ways to improve the area even further."
Councilor Barry Phillipson added "Operation Unity is a good example of what multi-agency working can achieve, the operation was put together in response to a number of issues relating to problems of anti-social behaviour which were raised with local councillors and brought to the attention of our partners.
"The response and commitment from all agencies to resolve these problems was fantastic and has seen anti-social behaviour (ASB) drop by almost 70%. We also held surgeries jointly with police officers and officials from the City Council and Your Homes Newcastle where local residents could raise their concerns with us which allowed us to respond in a much more co-ordinated manner to issues. I really hope that we are able to continue with this type of multi-agency working in the future as it has proved to be a really effective way of addressing such problems."
Op Unity in numbers: Op Unity ran from November 4th - December 18th
· 68% reduction of ASB incidents in Lemington in November / December
· 3 Joint school patrols carried out by officers
· 9 drop is sessions at the Lemington centre were held by police and partners
· 6 fixed penalty notices issued for environmental ASB
· 1 Summons given for section 1 of the Pollution Act
· 2 Fly tipping investigations launched (still on-going)
· 14 back lane deposit investigations launched (still on-going)
· 20+ ASB stop and encounters / searches carried out by officers
· Over 100 community questionnaires carried out by police cadets