Police launch crackdown on neighbourhood crime across Bradford district (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Police launch crackdown on neighbourhood crime across Bradford district
A major crackdown starts on Monday against low level crime plaguing residents across the district, including mobile CCTV cameras to catch culprits causing problems on various district housing estates.
Incommunities has joined forces with West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council to tackle nuisance behaviour as part of ‘Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour Together Week’ as it revealed that is has secured 46 anti-social behaviour injunctions within the last nine months.
Incommunities’ staff will run an action day at Scholemoor on Wednesday with the police and council, to encourage residents to report anti-social behaviour and identify offenders. Tenancy agreement rules will be enforced on dog owners at flats at Crosley Wood, Bingley, which has dog fouling and noise problems, there will be a letter drop on the Fagley estate to help tackle youths behaving anti-socially, while low level fencing will be installed to stop cars and quad bikes cutting across land off Firbank Green in Fagley. Also parts of Ravenscliffe estate will be spruced up and flytipping tackled.
Incommunities said that in the last nine months it has also secured 26 possession orders, and another 21 proceedings for breach of orders have been brought. Over the same period, other interventions have included entering into 20 ‘acceptable behaviour contracts’ and issuing 29 notice of seeking possessions on individuals. The mediation team has also dealt with 56 referrals relating to neighbour disputes.
Karen Lee, director of Incommunities, Neighbourhood Services, said: “We know from our customer feedback that dealing with anti-social behaviour is a key priority and we take tackling incidents extremely seriously.
“We will continue to take appropriate enforcement actions and adopt a joined up approach with our partners to uphold people’s right to live in peace in their home and neighbourhood. The week aims to put the spotlight on the work that goes on every day to tackle issues that matter to residents and encourage people to report incidents.”
Meanwhile, Bradford Council’s Youth Offending Team and Youth Service have organised 25 sessions across the district to raise awareness of what constitutes anti-social behaviour, how it affects victims and communities, and how the Asbo process works.
Young people will explore why society needs laws and rules by asking the groups to imagine a society without laws or rules. They will take part in art activities to explore what it would be like to live in such a society. Carlton Bolling College students will repair damage caused by other people’s anti-social behaviour, by cleaning up damage and graffiti in Undercliffe Cemetery.
Coucillor Imran Hussain, the deputy leader of Bradford Council, said: “By understanding impacts on other people, their communities and themselves, it is hoped this will deter young people from offending.”