Town centre crime on the decline

Mid Devon Star: THE area marked in blue represents the Tiverton town centre patch, as used by police.uk to record reports of crime.  The statistics used in this story relate to reports of anti-social behaviour in this area. THE area marked in blue represents the Tiverton town centre patch, as used by police.uk to record reports of crime. The statistics used in this story relate to reports of anti-social behaviour in this area.

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in Tiverton town centre is on the tumble after new figures released, show a fall of over 45% since December 2012.

Figures released by police.uk demonstrate a dramatic fall in anti-social crime - with just 12 reports of anti-social behaviour in December 2013, compared to 22 in December 2012.

Reports of anti-social behaviour are also down 63% since 2010, a fall of 21 incidents.

Inspector Jane Alford-Mole, Acting Inspector for Mid Devon Police, believes the force's more robust approach to town centre crime has contributed the declining numbers. She said: “We have worked closely with our partners at Mid Devon County Council to manage anti-social behaviour and our PCSOs have engaged very well with younger people in the town.

“Being more robust with our policing in the town centre and taking a zero tolerance approach has helped us cut the number of anti-social behaviour related incidents.

“I'm extremely pleased to hear that we are doing what we should be doing for our community - we are there to serve the community.

“We are there to give our retailers and our public a good quality of life and I am really pleased with the figures.

“We worked with our partners to put a section 30 Order in place, but that expired in December and the figures have given us no reason to extend it.”

The Crown Prosecution Service says on its website: “Sections 30-36 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 (ASBA) gave police forces in England and Wales new powers to disperse groups of two or more people from areas where there is persistent anti-social behaviour” - and “take home any young person under 16 who is out on the streets in a dispersal zone between 9pm and 6am and not accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.”

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