Ashfield Police Inspector Andy Jackson says new powers can tackle anti-social behaviour

Inspector Andy Jackson
Inspector Andy Jackson

I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter holiday and managed to burn off any extra chocolate calories by getting out and about in the warm weather.

While working away in my greenhouse I was thinking about my previous article and what to include this time.

To start, some good news. Due to some excellent work by both uniformed and CID officers, colleagues last week arrested a male for breaking into sheds in the Kirkby area. He has been charged with 14 offences and is now on remand in prison pending trial.

We are not being complacent though. Please continue to take the extra security precautions I advised.

Recently we have seen an increase in vehicles being broken into—particularly concerning to me is the number of reports where there seems to be no damage caused to get in. Most of the criminals we deal with are opportunists, simply looking for the easiest target.

With modern electronic key systems it is all too easy to press the button and assume your car is locked.

Please double check you have locked your vehicle and don’t leave anything visible. You know there is nothing valuable in the pocket of the coat or bag on your back seat, but the criminal doesn’t.

In these times of austerity, public sector organisations are constantly looking at new ways of doing things and working together to tackle problems.

The Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into effect last year. This legislation streamlines 19 legal powers to tackle Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) into just six, and places responsibility onto both police and local authorities.

Working with our partners at Ashfield District Council, the legislation will allow authorities to deal with ASB more quickly with the introduction of Criminal Behaviour Orders, Community Protection Notices, Public Space Protection Orders, Closure Powers and Police Dispersal Powers.

It also includes the new Community Trigger, giving ASB victims chance to request a multi-agency case review where their report meets a set threshold. A ‘community remedy’ has been introduced too, where victims work with the police to decide how offenders should be punished out of court.

We are determined to use these powers whenever appropriate to do so, to deal with persistent offenders who cause misery for other residents and drag down their communities.

Over the last couple of weeks I have signed two consultation documents for separate cases in support of Ashfield District Council against residents.

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If you have any information regarding offences in the area, ring Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.