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Current local priorities
Consultation with the community has identified the following priorities that we will be concentrating on over the coming months:
Beggars and homeless persons are using private premises, stairwells, side alleys and doorways to beg and sleep. This can sometimes bring other issues such as drug or alcohol misuse, needles, General ASB and even harassment or distress to some residents / passers by. There is also an environmental issue with personal rubbish being left in the street.
There have also been concerns raised regarding the on-going welfare of those persons consistently rough sleeping / begging in the area.
Issued: September 2018
What we are doing:We are currently completing regular visits to the areas concerned to identify those persons sleeping rough or begging and ensuring partners, Outreach teams and other charitable organisations are directed towards supporting them. We will move any persons found on private property and issues warnings / take action as required. Whilst we tolerate low level begging, persistent or aggressive begging will not be tolerated and those involved will be dealt with in a proportionate manner. Issued: September 2018
Knife Related Crime and Incidents - There have been a number of incidents involving knives or weapons within The Westcotes Ward over the past few months which causes a perceived lack of community safety and fear.
Issued: July 2018
What we are doing:The problem of knife related crime and incidents is recognised Nationally as an issue and is a Priority for the Force and your local neighbourhood Team to tackle those persons who persistently carry weapons. Identified Force areas including Western Rd / Wilberforce Rd will see periodic increased patrols especially on Saturday evenings to reassure the local public and deter offenders from the area. On-going education with schools, youth groups and identified individuals will continue to highlight the risks associated with carrying knives as well as the National campaign #livesnotknives. Issued: August 2018