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Peace returning to troubled area.

Byline: By Ben Griffin, CRIME REPORTER

CALLS to police about disorder on a Coventry estate have fallen by 62 per cent since a troublemaker was locked up, according to police.

Sergeant Paul Mercer, of the Canley neighbourhood policing team, said officers had been tackling antisocial behaviour in Tanyard Farm, Tile Hill, since April.

He said officers collected evidence against one of the main troublemakers, before securing an antisocial behaviour order.

When the 18-year-old breached the order, he was given a four-month custodial sentence.

Sgt Mercer said that since then, the volume of calls from residents complaining about antisocial behaviour had fallen by 62 percent.

He said: "It had a massive effect. Antisocial behaviour won't be tolerated."

Sgt Mercer's team has also placed a number of youngsters in the area on antisocial behaviour contracts, which bind young people to behaving well. If they are breached, police can apply for antisocial behaviour orders.

As well as cracking down on ring leaders, Sgt Mercer said police had been working with youth workers and Coventry City Council to give youngsters something to do.

They had also been working with schools to teach youngsters about antisocial behaviour and personal safety.

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Date:Jun 16, 2006
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