Winning the war on the yobs

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REPORTS of anti-social behaviour are down by 20 per cent in just one year.

New figures show that street drinking, rowdy behaviour and vehicle nuisance are all down across the county.

Northamptonshire Police say that a total of 32,100 incidents were reported across the county between April 2011 and January this year.

This is compared to the 40,443 incidents reported during the same 10-month period during the previous year.

Superintendent Max Williams said: “The excellent results we are seeing in the reduction of anti-social behaviour is as a result of focused operations including Operation Pumpkin for Halloween and Operation Bonanza in the Kettering area which had been a hotspot location in the previous year.

“The consistent focus and drive from our local PCSOs and officers across the county has also helped to see these reductions.

In addition to this, partnership engagement is strong and the success clearly demonstrates the effective ways in which we have worked over this past year in terms of youth engagement, victim focus and alleviating vulnerability where possible.”

Notable declines in categories of anti-social behaviour have included a reduction in the number of rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour, which is down from 26,236 incidents to 21,203 offences over the last year.

There has also been a noticeable decline in the amount of vehicles nuisance, with figures falling from 3,462 incidents during 2010-11 to 2,255 over the last year.

A focus by individual town’s police safer community teams on reducing the number of people drinking in town centre and village streets, has led to incidents falling from 453 last year to 13 during 2011-12.

Chief Superintendent Richard James said: “We are delighted with the figures. They are the result of the focus that our police teams have put on resolving locally identifies problems, and responding locally identifies priorities.”

Michael Norton, 76, of Woodland Road, Rushden, said: “I’ve not noticed any improvements in my area but I can’t think of any problems that there’s been around here either. I’m sure the people who have collected the statistics are right.”