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Black Country News: Shop a yob hotline is a success; WOLVERHAMPTON.

A NEW anti-social behaviour hot line in the Black Country is proving a huge success after receiving more than 800 calls in its first month.

The majority of the complaints, about 30 per cent, involved fly-tipping. About a fifth involved calls about excessive noise.

The Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, made up of Wolverhampton City Council, West Midlands Police and other organisations launched the It's Your Call line on July 31.

A total of 814 calls have been received during the first four weeks in operation. The calls go directly to City Direct - the council's contact centre - and the information is passed to the appropriate agency to respond.

People in Wolverhampton are being urged to use the 01902 551188 number to report anti-social behaviour.

Coun Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, said: "The response to the launch of the It's Your Call line has been great and shows that both residents and key organisations will not accept anti-social behaviour in Wolverhampton."

Other complaints included intimidation and harassment, high hedges, animal welfare, criminal damage, arson, prostitutes and kerb crawling, joy-riding and begging.
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