Update on ongoing Antisocial Behaviour in Dursley
At the most recent meeting of Dursley Business Inclusive (DBI), the group invited PC Peter Lay to provide an update on the recent antisocial behaviour in the town. PC Lay has been leading the neighbourhood policing response to these recent incidents.
PC Lay provided information on the ongoing investigations and the status of several incidents reported by members of DBI. PC Lay has been very impressed by the community response to these incidents which have included; the issuing of banning letters, information sharing between shops/business owners and the regular reporting to the police of incidents. This information supplied by the community will prove to be vital in any future court appearances by those responsible.
Cllr Suzi Abraham, Chair of the DBI group acknowledging the efforts of the police said "although the last few months have been frustrating, it has been noticed that recently the level of incidents in the town centre has reduced. I would like to formally thank the police for their continued work with the individuals and their families, a lot of it behind the scenes and not visible to the public. I do hope that social services and other agencies do all they can to support these vulnerable young people and tackle the issues which have resulted in this behaviour from occurring."
It was noted that many of the incidents have been linked to underage drinking, with several reported thefts of alcohol from local supermarkets and shops leading to incidents of antisocial behaviour. Dursley is subject to a street drinking ban which results in anyone drinking publicly in town to be committing an offence.
Cllr Matt Nicholson said "the police are aware that people in the town centre are being asked by this group of young people to purchase alcohol on their behalf, obviously to do so would result in committing a crime and I would encourage anybody who is approached to report the details to the police, with a description of the individual(s).
The use of cannabis has been linked to the antisocial behaviour with individuals more likely to act out of character when under its influence. It is important that this too is reported to the police should it be witnessed by the public. Unfortunately, the open use of cannabis by this small group of young people is quite common.
Posted: Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:53 by John Kay