Vandalism, drug use and littering are targeted in operation by police, landlords and council

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Imran Hussain Councillor Imran Hussain

A Bradford-based social housing provider is joining a major crackdown on tackling low level crime and nuisance behaviour across the district's neighbourhoods.

Incommunities is partnering with police and Bradford Council to target issues like vandalism, off-road driving, nuisance dog owners, illegal drug use and litter.

In the last year, Incommunities has dealt with 278 referrals, served 60 anti-social behaviour injunctions, 161 tenancy warning letters and 28 possession orders.

Over the same period, its mediation team has also dealt with 93 referrals relating to neighbour disputes.

Helen Gibson, director of Incommunities, neighbourhood services, said: “We know from our customer feedback that dealing with anti-social behaviour is a top priority.

“We remain determined to protect the rights of our customers to live in peace in their neighbourhood and are committed to take the appropriate enforcement action. In many cases this involves taking a joined-up approach with our partners.

“It is important that we continue to empower people to report incidents and reassure them that we will act responsibly and in confidence to resolve matters. This is something our staff will be communicating during the week."

The week-long campaign - Tackling Anti Social Behaviour Together Week - starts today and aims to show how organisations work 365 days a year – individually and together - to reduce anti-social behaviour and encourage customers to report incidents.

On Wednesday Incommunities is hosting a community day in Bingley at The Cabin, Crosley Wood Road, alongside police, the fire service, the Council’s environmental health service, the Illegal Money Lending Team, the HALE healthy living project and Incommunities’ Open Field employment service and welfare reform team.

Incommunities tenancy enforcement and neighbourhood officers will be on hand to talk to residents about their work and how to report anti-social behaviour issues. There will also be demonstrations on fire safety, healthy cooking on a budget, examples of seized noise equipment and bikeability safety training as well as advice for job seekers and guidance on healthy living.

The event will take place between 10am and 4pm.

Throughout the week, Incommunities will also be carrying out reassurance visits to residents living in the Manchester Road high-rise flats and following up on issues raised and identified on site; running action days at Bierley and Holme Wood and delivering leaflets in the Shipley, Bradford Moor and Fagley areas.

Councillor Imran Hussain, the Council’s executive member for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “Everyone has the right to live in neighbourhoods which are free from nuisance and low-level crime.

“I am delighted Incommunities – the area’s biggest social landlord – continues to take a proactive approach in partnership with the Council and police to tackling anti-social behaviour.”

Superintendent Vince Firth, of the Bradford District Community Safety Partnership, said: "It is important that the people of Bradford district feel empowered with the confidence and ability to report anti-social behaviour, knowing that something will be done to quickly resolve it."

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