ASB update – January 2018

28 January 2018 Posted by

Anti-Social Behaviour Update – January 2018

Tackling anti-social behaviour is not down to one person or service. Anti- social behaviour affects the community and so agencies such as the police and local authority rely on the community to report and account for incidents of anti-social behaviour. The briefing below details how the tools and powers available have been used effectively by services in your local area to tackle street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

ASB warning

Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team and Devon and Cornwall Police operate a preventative staged warning process on individuals who commit acts of anti-social behaviour. The three stage escalation process has historically proven effective in managing anti-social behaviour issues. During 2016/17, 79% of cases did not commit further anti-social behaviour within 3 months of intervention. Since October 2017, 4 anti-social behaviour warnings have been issued for alcohol related incidents in Penzance.

Criminal Behaviour Order

A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) focuses on more serious offenders, who engage in criminal activity as well as anti-social behaviour. It can only be issued at court in conjunction with a sentence that is already imposed.

The order will either prohibit specified acts or require the offender to participate in specified acts e.g. to engage with local alcohol services. Before imposing an order the court must be satisfied that the offender has engaged in such behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress and that making the order will encourage the offender to stop the behaviour.

On 27 November 2017, a 5 year Criminal Behaviour Order was obtained on a female from Penzance. The defendant has been ordered not to be in possession of an open vessel containing alcohol, not to be drunk in Causewayhead or Market Jew Street, not to engage in threatening conduct and not to enter premises in which she has already been banned from. The order also contained a requirement to engage with Addaction. Breach of the order is a criminal offence and can result in up to 5 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £5,000.

Public Space Protection Order

Designated Public Place Orders (commonly referred to as ‘alcohol free zones’) have been replaced by Public Space Protection Orders. The orders allow open alcohol containers to be seized. It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone, but it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. This is liable on summary conviction to a fine of up to £1,000.

On 01 October 2017, all Designated Public Place Orders were converted to Public Space Protection Orders allowing Devon and Cornwall Police to continue to seize alcohol. Penzance Town Centre, including Causewayhead, is part of the Public Space Protection Order.

Community Engagement

Safer Cornwall partners have produced a leaflet for businesses on how to report anti-social behaviour, drug litter and homelessness. On 19 December a community walkabout was arranged to distribute the leaflets to Penzance businesses. Those involved in the walkabout included Devon & Cornwall Housing, Cornwall Council’s Community Link Officer, Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworkers and Community Safety Officers, Cornwall Councillors and the Penzance Town Mayor.Community Engagement

Target groups

Monthly multi agency meetings are held to discuss those who are on the anti-social behaviour warning process to ensure a plan of action is in place for each case. These are chaired by the local Anti-Social Behaviour Caseworker and are attended by local services. They include, Penzance Police Neighbourhood Team, Environmental Protection, Addaction, Registered Social Landlords and the Youth Offending Service.

Enforcement patrols

Cornwall Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team use bodyworn video devices during enforcement patrols enabling them to capture nuisance and disorder. This can be used in court as evidence at a later stage if required. The body cameras also act as a deterrent and provide reassurance to members of the public. The Anti-Social Behaviour Team jointly with Penzance Police Neighbourhood Team have carried out 7 enforcement patrols since October targeting hotspot areas where there have been previous reports of street drinking and public order. During the patrols, ASB Caseworkers are able to request names and addresses of those engaging in anti-social behaviour as they have been authorised to do so by the Chief Constable of Devon & Cornwall Police as part of the Community Safety Accredited Scheme.Enforcement patrols

Further information on the ASB, Crime & Policing Act 2014 tools and powers can be found at ASB_Revised_Statutory_Guidance_V2_0.pdf

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Simon, Research & Information Officer, Amethyst, Community Safety Team

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