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Anti-social crackdown works.

Given the time and effort we put into solving the problem of anti-social behaviour, Middlesbrough Council does not need the "reality check" suggested by B A Gilkes (Plagued Residents Want Action Now, Letters, 8.4.05).

Mrs Gilkes is well aware this council acts quickly when it has evidence.

Both Mrs Gilkes and her fellow correspondents Mr and Mrs Carter-Bonsteel have benefited considerably from the persistence and professionalism of employees of the council and Erimus Housing.

Our record on anti-social behaviour stands comparison with any council. The level of activity across town is shown in a "snapshot" of recent work which includes:

* EASTERSIDE: Anti-social behaviour order secured on a troublemaker who is now banned from the estate. Interim Asbo secured on another youth.

* GROVE HILL: Two Asbos secured and a third being prepared.

* SALTERSGILL: Police and council drawing up acceptable behaviour contracts for young people causing gang nuisance.

* GRESHAM: Two Asbos secured, dispersal order put in force.

* MIDDLEHAVEN: Asbo being secured against offender.

* COULBY NEWHAM: Acceptable behaviour contract on one troublemaker and CCTV being used to collect evidence against other nuisances.

* PALLISTER PARK: Asbo being progressed.

* NORTH ORMESBY: Joint work by street wardens, enforcement officers and Erimus Housing to curb localised anti-social behaviour.

Our street wardens intervene in around 1,000 incidents a month, providing support to communities and intelligence which is fed into the AIM (Active Intelligence Mapping) process which ensures the council, police and other agencies use their resources to best effect.

We are now drawing up the next three-year crime, disorder, drugs and alcohol reduction strategy which includes the extension of the alley-gate programme, additions to our 150-camera CCTV network and measures such as the youth intervention support programme.

We do ask people who are experiencing harassment or anti-social behaviour to work with us by contacting us on 726001.

CLLR BARRY COPPINGER, Executive Member for Community Safety and Leisure, Middlesbrough Council
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Title Annotation:Gazette Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 18, 2005
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