Dedicated patrols tackle anti-social behaviour

ALCOHOL, cigarettes and illegal fireworks were seized during a week-long trial of dedicated Anti-social Behaviour patrols.

The joint operation between Thurrock Council’s Community Protection Team and Essex Police ran last week – from Halloween (October 31st) through to Friday November 4th – to cover a traditionally busy period for Anti-social Behaviour.

The team were on patrol from 6pm until midnight each night and during that period every report of ASB either made through Thurrock Council or Essex Police was directed to them. They also undertook high-visibility patrols throughout the Borough, particularly in the town centres.

An average of five calls were attended each night with 25 stop checks carried out, 50 units of alcohol (around 20 pints of lager), cigarettes and fireworks were seized from young people under the age of 18. During the operation a warning for littering was also issued and a fixed penalty notice for dog fouling.

Thurrock Council Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure Councillor Lynn Worrall said: “We have listened to our residents and their concerns around Anti-social Behaviour. These proactive patrols were targeted for a period which has previously seen an increase in disorder and allowed our officers to respond to calls quickly and effectively.”

Incidents of Anti-social Behaviour should be reported to Thurrock Council’s Community Protection Team on 01375 652211 or Essex Police on 101. In an emergency always call 999

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