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Anti-Social Behaviour Clampdown

08 September 2017

Partnership action to clamp down on anti-social behaviour problems reported in the Neath and Port Talbot town centres gathered further momentum today.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Cllr Des Davies

Representatives from the police, community safety, neighbourhood and substance misuse and homelessness agencies, were brought back together by Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, Cllr Des Davies to discuss progress in addressing concerns raised by local traders, elected Members and the wider community.

The meeting received a comprehensive update on the progress of Operation Grey Denver which is designed to investigate the underlying causes of problems in the town centre and then to co-ordinate actions across partner agencies to resolve those problems.

The meeting heard that a number of specific individuals had been identified as being at the centre of the problems. Police, substance misuse and homelessness agencies are working together to ensure that those who need support are accessing the services available in the area, whilst for persistent offenders a more robust line is being developed with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Traders are also playing a key role, with around 40 additional businesses indicating a wish to join the Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP). The BCRP provides a very useful forum for businesses to work together with the wider community safety partnership to ensure problems are identified at an early stage and where this is the case a speedy and effective response can be pulled together.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Davies said: “I was really pleased to hear about the progress made by agencies since I called the meeting to discuss public and trader concerns a month ago. I would like to thank all of those involved for their comprehensive and effective response. We are already seeing signs of improvement in the town centre and have received positive feedback from both traders and those who use the town centre”.

Cllr Davies continued, “It is important that the momentum continues to make sure that problems are resolved and do not recur. I know that all community safety partners have made a commitment to ensuring this is the case.”

“I would urge members of the public to also play their part by ringing 101 to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour that they witness. The more reports we receive, the better the picture of anti-social behaviour we will be able to develop and that will enable all agencies to direct their resources in a targeted way.”