Chelmsford: Extra patrols combat anti-social behaviour on Moulsham Street
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Dedicated patrols to combat anti-social behaviour (ASB) are driving down offending in Chelmsford.
Moulsham Street was designated as one of 11 hotspots across the county to receive part of a £1.1m investment by Essex’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
The funding is provided by central government as part of their Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy and is designed to deliver high visibility patrols, public engagement, targeted youth outreach and early intervention.
Moulsham Street’s central location and popular shops, pubs and restaurants make it a go-to destination in the city, but residents have complained of noise, nuisance behaviour and problems linked to excessive alcohol consumption.
Officers from Chelmsford Community Policing Team and Chelmsford City Council’s community safety team are patrolling for more than 25 hours per week alongside regular nights of action as part of Operation Dial.
Our officers work closely with Chelmsford City Council as part of the Community Safety Partnership.
The patrol zone extends from Parkway to St John’s Road and as far as the cricket ground and Lady Lane. It is partially covered by the city’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
ASB has fallen in the district of Chelmsford by 36% in the last 12 months with 760 fewer offences recorded.
Across Essex, ASB has fallen by 37% in a year, with offences down by more than 9,000.
Inspector Sam Girdlestone of Chelmsford Community Policing Team said his team have taken a tough stance on tackling ASB:
“Anti-social behaviour is not ‘low-level’ offending, it can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, and damage communities and public confidence.
“Nobody should have to put up with feeling intimidated or harassed, and as a community policing team, ASB is one of our main priorities. We work closely with the council and other agencies as members of the Community Safety Partnership to take immediate action whenever there are problems.
“As well as our dedicated patrols in and around Moulsham Street, the team have been out across the district to deal with issues ranging from nuisance pedal cycles through to drug dealing and violence related to organised crime groups.
“We are quick to deal with public order offences as that behaviour can really affect businesses and people coming into the city centre, and by enforcing Chelmsford’s PSPO and taking stern stance on how we deal with people in those areas, we have seen a reduction in offences that we expect to continue.”
Insp Girdlestone also wants to encourage the public to continue reporting instances of anti-social or criminal behaviour when they witness them.
He said: “Any incidents need to be reported to us. You can call 101, contact us through the Essex Police website, or you can report ASB online through the council website.
“If the public tell us about where they’ve seen issues, this gives us intelligence to work with and we can do something about it.”
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