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Antisocial behaviour outside city centre supermarket sees 60 percent reduction thanks to joint operation

April 8, 2021
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A dramatic reduction in the number of antisocial behaviour incidents outside a Nottingham city supermarket has been achieved thanks to a joint operation.

Spearheaded by Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and Asda, the effort has seen a number of proactive initiatives outside the Asda supermarket in Hyson Green and adjacent area over the last six months.

At its worst, there were 38 reports of aggressive begging and general disorder in just one month.

In March 2021, there were just 15.

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Amy English has thanked the public for working with the police and partner agencies while efforts were made to tackle the issue. However, she has acknowledged that there is still work to be done.

Inspector English said: “The neighbourhood policing team were made aware of the increasing issues around Asda and have been working incredibly hard with the city council and the supermarket to address these issues quickly and constructively.

“We worked together on a plan of action that has seen an increased presence from both police and council officers alongside work with Asda and I am really pleased with the early results.

“That being said we cannot rest on our laurels. This is not a case of a job well done and moving on. It marks the beginning of our activity in the area and the public can expect us to still be there addressing these issues regularly.

“We’ve set a standard and we need to keep going.”

Nottinghamshire Police introduced a regular patrol and presence outside the store to deter criminal and antisocial behaviour.

The patrols have been running weekly and have been a chance for the public to interact with the local beat team as well as report their concerns. Ongoing partnership work to solve the issue long term is well under way from all involved.

Inspector English added: “My promise to residents in Hyson Green and the surrounding areas is that we will keep going and we will always listen to their concerns with a view to taking positive action where appropriate and possible.

“We are listening and we will always look to take action, so please do report your concerns to us.

“I hope this approach shows our commitment to improving the area and how our work with partners is vital in achieving this.”

Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, Cllr Neghat Khan, said: “We’re pleased with the impact of our efforts alongside the police, reducing the number of incidents and helping to make the area feel safer and more welcoming. Our Community Protection Officers have stepped up their patrols to deal with anyone engaging in anti-social behaviour and provide reassurance to those with concerns. As well as enforcement, we signpost anyone with housing, alcohol or other problems to support services that are available.

“Extra cleansing is also taking place and ward councillors have plans in place to use local funds to carry out some physical improvements such as benches, signage and planting.”

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