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Tackling antisocial behaviour in Amesbury
POLICE in Amesbury have been cracking down on antisocial behaviour in the town.
Twenty-five extra officers were brought in to combat shoplifting, boy racers, late-night violence and other inconsiderate behaviour in a clampdown on Friday, September 27.
Two people were arrested – one on suspicion of theft and the other for drugs offences – eight speeding tickets were handed out, one person was warned for using cannabis and nine people were stopped and spoken to about their behaviour.
Home visits were made to four motorists following complaints from members of the public, and vehicle defect and fixed penalty notices were also issued.
Over the last year there have been increasing concerns about antisocial behaviour including youths congregating outside Co-op stores in Archers Gate and Boscombe Down and late night rowdiness in the town centre.
“This operation was about enforcing the law with regard to antisocial behaviour, and we focussed on the night time economy and were really pleased with the results,” said Inspector Christian Lange of Amesbury Police at a meeting of the town council last Tuesday.
“We had enough staff to get the message across that shouting and screaming across the street is not acceptable behaviour at 2.30am.
“This is a cultural issue and will take time, but things need to change and people need to understand they can’t act in this way.”
Undercover officers were also stationed in Amesbury’s pub and bars to watch how licensees run their premises.
Inspector Lange said he had good support from many venues and that pressure must be put on landlords to take some responsibility for what happens on the streets outside their premises.
“We have had some positive steps like some places closing at 1.30am and others closing at 2am which reduces the number of people on the streets and that way the taxis can cope,” he said.
“We all need to work together because we all have an interest in making sure that late night behaviour is acceptable in this town.”
Other measures to tackle antisocial behaviour include the relaunch of the town’s Pubwatch scheme and grants from the council being used to by radios that will allow venues to share information about trouble makers.
• Tyre slashing continues to be a problem in Amesbury with several more incidents in the last month.
• Mysterious chalk marks have appeared on pavements and walls in Amesbury. Inspector Lange said concerns had been raised about the markings but they were “not malicious”.
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