Seven people were arrested and a further four warned about their behaviour during a joint police and council operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in a residential area.
Neighbourhood officers in Sutton-in-Ashfield worked in partnership with colleagues from Ashfield District Council’s antisocial behaviour team to respond to concerns about noise nuisance, harassment and other offences at the northern end of Outram Street.
Over the last two weeks police officers and council staff have knocked on dozens of doors in the Chatsworth Street and St Michaels Street area to speak to residents and hear directly about their concerns.
Repeat visits have also been made to the homes of individuals who have been reported for causing alarm and distress to their neighbours, and letters were sent to every local address asking people to contact the police and council with concerns.
Seven arrests have been made for offences ranging from drugs to robbery, and Community Protection Warnings were also issued to four people – the first step in a wider programme of enforcement if they fail to change their behaviour.
Inspector Mark Dickson, district commander for the Ashfield area, said: “The vast majority of residents in this area are decent, law-abiding citizens who just want to live their lives in peace and quiet. It is simply not acceptable for a tiny minority of people to have such an adverse impact on the wider community.
“As a local policing team we have been aware of an increased number of incidents in this area and wanted to do something to reassure local residents and to gather more intelligence about local trouble makers.
“In my experience one of main barriers to people engaging with police in this way is a mistaken belief that their complaints won’t be taken seriously and that nothing will be done. I want to make it clear to everybody – particularly those who think they bully and intimidate their neighbours – that we do take this stuff very seriously indeed and will always take action where we can.
“If we can’t bring criminal prosecutions against people we will instead work with the council and local landlords to resolve the issue. But for us to do any of that we first need to hear from people. So please, if you are concerned about anti-social behaviour in your area please give us a call on 101 and let us know about it.”
Although the formal police and council operation has now been concluded, increased police patrols will continue in the area over the next few weeks.
Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, and we will take all the actions needed to ensure that nuisance behaviour is tackled across the district.
“We know how disruptive it is to live with anti-social behaviour so we will take the necessary enforcement action on residents that think it’s ok to effect the lives of their neighbours and communities.
“The Council is committed to making Ashfield a safer place for all residents to live in and this recent successful work with Nottinghamshire Police clearly demonstrates this.”