Posted on 23rd January 2013
Police patrols are being stepped up in Killamarsh to target nuisance behaviour.
It follows reports of groups gathering around the Killamarsh Community Campus, on Bridge Street and at the Bull and Badger car park.
The Killamarsh Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team is currently targeting the issue alongside North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership and Derbyshire County Council’s Multi-Agency Team (MAT).
Police officers have been carrying out patrols, using powers to disperse anyone found to be causing a nuisance and seizing alcohol from underage drinkers.
There have also been joint patrols alongside youth officers and staff from Rykneld Homes as part of the B Safe initiative, and work is underway to set up alternative activities for young people.
Funding to support plans for a local youth club has been provided by the community safety partnership, and Sporting Futures are running free football sessions on Friday evenings at Killamarsh Sport Centre.
Sgt. Tony Klenczar of the Killamarsh Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “The main concerns are around groups of young people congregating in these areas and making other members of the community feel intimidated.
“While we are stepping up police patrols in the area we are also pooling resources with a number of local agencies to target anti-social behaviour, and find longer term solutions to the issue.”
During December 2012 police received a total of 61 calls about nuisance behaviour in Killamarsh, 22 more incidents than during December 2011.
Sgt. Klenczar said: “We have seen an increase in reports of anti-social behaviour in Killamarsh but we are determined to target the issue as a priority and we will use all available tools and powers at our disposal to do so.
“Officers will be taking positive action against any offenders and persistent troublemakers could find themselves being arrested or even facing an anti-social behaviour order if necessary.”
Councillor Lillian Robinson, Chair of the North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership, said: “Efforts will be made to speak to young people to make them aware of the impact of their actions, but I would also encourage parents to work with us.
“Please make sure you know where your children are during the evenings and at weekends, and encourage them away from anti-social behaviour.”
North East Derbyshire District Council is also starting consultation on a proposed Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) for the area.
A DPPO allows greater powers to reduce alcohol related anti-social behaviour and nuisance.
To contact the Killamarsh Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101, the non emergency number for Derbyshire police, or email email@example.com