'If you see troublemakers in action, please report them'

December 20 2017

PEOPLE living in Staple Hill are being urged to work together to stamp out incidents of anti-social behaviour.

PEOPLE living in Staple Hill are being urged to work together to stamp out incidents of anti-social behaviour.

It follows a spate of vandalism on Tuesday December 12 which included throwing oranges at cars and spitting on a Santa decoration.

In another case, a resident had a Christmas tree and lights stolen from outside her home.

Staple Hill councillor Ian Boulton stressed it was vital all incidents are reported to police.

“I’m sure that quite a few people would have witnessed, or been a victim of this small group who were causing problems," he said.

"After investigating the events of the evening it became apparent that, at the time, no one appeared to have reported any problems to the police. Please do not assume that the police will not be interested in behaviour like this or that someone else will have reported it.  The only way we will stop this sort of behaviour from developing again is if we work together as a community to demonstrate that we will not tolerate it."

Councillor Boulton used the Staple Hill Residents Facebook Group to reiterate the importance of informing the police of all criminal behaviour.

His post said: "Report every incident of anti-social or criminal behaviour to the police. Do not assume that someone else will do it and be assured that the police want us to report every incident. 

"By reporting all incidents, the police can target their limited resources to where there is a need. The police can only deal with issues if they are made aware of them. Please report your experience to the police before posting on social media - that way you can share your crime reference number with us and we can help the police to build up a picture of what is going on in our neighbourhood.

"Residents will remember that we had an problem with anti-social behaviour earlier in the year - however by working as a community in partnership with the police, the anti-social behaviour team, our local youth workers and social services, we have seen an improvement in recent months. Please help us to keep on top of this by nipping any emerging problems in the bud by reporting each and every incident that you are aware of."

Councillor Boulton also urged parents to make sure their children are somewhere safe rather than wandering the streets. 

"Young people can be extremely vulnerable to bullying, exploitation and criminality and we all have a duty of care to them," he said. 

One resident responded to his post by praising the work of local police.

She said: "I would just like to say a really big thank you and merry Christmas to our local police beat team they have been brilliant with all the issues myself and my partner have been through in the past year. I know a lot of people think they are useless but they couldn't be more wrong. If you report any issues like we did you would be surprised at how they can work with you to make things easier. So again thank you for all your support and help over the past year."

Residents can report any problem online at https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/reportcrime or by phoning 101. In the case of an emergency or if a crime is in progress you need to phone 999.