New operation launched to drive down antisocial behaviour
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A new high-visibility police operation has been launched to crack down on antisocial behaviour in the Kimberley area.
Under the banner of Operation Platter, neighbourhood and response officers are focused on targeting, disrupting and dispersing offenders causing issues, as well as engaging with members of the public and local businesses and providing reassurance.
High-visibility patrols are being carried out in hotspot areas such as the Kimberley Precinct and the Sainsbury’s store, the Newdigate Street area, and Kimberley Recreational Park.
The operation's launch comes as Nottinghamshire Police joins a national campaign this week shining a spotlight on antisocial behaviour and the work being undertaken to keep people safe.
Running from today (Monday 3 July) to Sunday (9 July), ASB Awareness Week 2023 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against antisocial behaviour, highlight the impact it can have on communities and to encourage reporting of incidents.
Police Constable Gerard Masaoy, beat manager for the Kimberley area, said: “Over the past few months we have received an increased number of reports of young people causing antisocial behaviour on a regular basis in Kimberley.
"Reports have included public order, shop theft and abusive language and behaviour.
“We have listened to these concerns and recognised the need to put a focus on affected hotspot areas during key times, where large groups congregate, so that we can tackle these issues head-on and take appropriate action to break this cycle of offending.
“Members of the public just want to be able to go about their shopping peacefully without having to be subjected to this sort of behaviour. They just want these young people to behave themselves.
“We realise antisocial behaviour and associated criminal activity is having a significant detrimental impact on the local community and I hope this new operation shows just how committed we are to doing all we can to combat it.”
PC Masaoy emphasised the importance of calling the police on 101 if people have experienced or witnessed antisocial behaviour.
He added: “The more information we are given by the public, the better we can target our resources and take positive action to tackle concerns.
“We would also ask those with responsibility for children to be aware of their youngster’s intentions, by knowing what they are doing and where they are, and to help us get across to children how antisocial behaviour can have lasting effects on residents and local businesses within our communities."
Anyone with concerns about crime in their area can call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency or if an incident is in progress call 999.
People can also report crimes through Nottinghamshire Police’s Live Chat feature, which is available 7am to 10pm seven days a week, via the force’s website. You will be put directly in touch with a qualified, experienced control room operator who will assist you with your inquiry or report.
To access Live Chat visit Home | Nottinghamshire Police and click on the blue round button at the bottom right of your screen. You’ll then be connected to a control room operator.