Commissioner meets with residents concerned about increasing anti-social behaviour
Wiltshire’s PCC Philip Wilkinson joined with Wiltshire Police, councillors, residents and education representatives to discuss how anti-social behaviour in Malmesbury could be tackled.
Two residents briefings were held, earlier this week, to discuss anti-social behaviour and crime concerns and the ongoing work which is happening in the town to ensure a joined-up approach to reach a sustainable resolution.
This includes working directly with those 'repeat offenders' to divert them away from crime and anti-social behaviour.
Mr Wilkinson added: “The briefings were a really constructive way of a community coming together, with the relevant authorities and stakeholders, to try and tackle an issue which has become a worry to them.
“All too often it is easy to identify a problem but finding a solution takes a more joined-up and nuanced approach and I am pleased to be able to help with that.
“Residents have told me they want their policing service to tackle those crimes that matter most to them and which have an impact on their daily lives – and this is just what Wiltshire Police has done in this instance.
“The approach to engage with those young people responsible, and try and divert them from this type of crime, with the support of the police, council and school, is ideal and we will support them through this process.”
Insp James Brain and Sgt Jamie Ball, from Wiltshire Police, attended the briefings alongside town council representatives, Mayor Kim Power, Councillor Gavin Grant and Malmesbury School deputy headteacher to discuss ongoing problems involving a small group of youths in the town.
Around 75 residents across both briefings attended, with the officers providing valuable updates and reassurance around how Wiltshire Police are dealing with the issues.
Published on Thursday 14 July 2022
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