Community crime crackdown in village

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A COMMUNITY crackdown has reduced anti-social behaviour in Pilsley.

North East Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership (NEDCSP) and Pilsley Parish Council joined forces to tackle concerns about nuisance behaviour in the village.

The action has seen the number of calls to police drop from a high of 20 a week to zero in the last week.

Now residents are being asked for their views on proposals to make the whole village an alcohol-control zone.

It would give police new powers to seize alcohol from anyone who was drinking on the streets and deemed to be causing a nuisance.

Cllr Lilian Robinson, NEDCSP Chair, said: “Residents were telling us that they were concerned about anti-social behaviour in the village so it was important that we worked with the community as a whole to resolve the issues.

“There has been a lot of good work in the community over the past few months to tackle local concerns, and the results are speaking for themselves.

“This work is continuing and we’re now asking for people’s views on the creation of an alcohol control zone which would step-up our powers against the minority of people who are causing problems for the majority of residents.”

Other action in the village has included:

• CCTV cameras have been installed by the parish council at trouble hot spots, including the St. Mary’s Centre and around the Commercial Inn.

• Derbyshire County Council’s Youth Bus has been visiting the village on Thursday and Friday evenings to provide activities for young people

• Young people have been taking part in the police-led OZ Box fitness sessions which have been running in the church hall

• Street briefings have been held by the police and parish council – giving local people the to chance to discuss concerns

• Local youngsters have helped tidy up their community by taking part in a clean-up day organised by the partnership

• A temporary Dispersal Order was imposed in the village, which gave police the power to move on groups of two more young people if they are thought to be causing a nuisance on the street.

• ‘Test purchases’ of alcohol have been carried out by young people, and action taken where sales have been made to underage customers.

Cllr Robinson added: “Reports of anti-social behaviour have fallen significantly and we will continue to work together with the community, including the younger residents, to ensure that concerns are kept in check and residents feel safe in their neighbourhood.”

The application to create the alcohol control zone – known as a Designated Public Places order - has been submitted to the North East Derbyshire District Council by Derbyshire police.

People have until 12 April to comment on plans.

For more information or to put forward comments visit www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/pilsley-zone or contact the Licensing Section on (01246) 217216 or via e-mail on licensing@ne-derbyshire.gov.uk