Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Anti-social behaviour 'safety net' launched

Victims of persistent anti-social behaviour will be able to force police and councils to consider their complaint, a local authority has announced.

Leeds Council launched a ‘community trigger’ initiative on Thursday, which will be engaged if a resident reports the same incident of ASB three times. The local agencies will then be obliged to consider the case and seek a solution.

The move follows successful pilot schemes in Richmond upon Thames, Manchester, Brighton, West Lindsey and Boston, which have seen long-standing cases of ASB resolved. 

It is one of a range of new measures the government is introducing in its overhaul of the ASB system. 

Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said: ‘Anti-social behaviour causes enormous harm to victims and communities. The government is making sure victims get a better response in towns and cities across the UK including Leeds.

‘The community trigger is intended to be a safety net for the public if police and local authorities do not take action, not the first response when a problem occurs. 

‘It is one of a range of new measures which will make it easier and quicker for agencies to protect victims and communities from the blight of anti-social behaviour.’

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