Homing in on ASB hotspots

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Anti-social behaviour hotspots will be kept under close watch this summer as police prepare to visit them over the holidays.

In Daventry, officers will be keeping a close eye on areas where young people congregate and often cause a nuisance to other people. They will also be regularly visiting a number of problem families where the risk of anti-social behaviour is high.

Daventry resident Chris Dawes, of South Place, has lived in his property, which backs onto the Hollow, for more than 20 years, during which time his fence has been set on fire and bottles have been thrown through his window.

He said: “I work in my garden as a potter and can see out onto the field. Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 hang around and drink and leave their bottles in hedges.

“I’m not against anyone having a good time but the problem is that people drink and leave a mess behind, then they use my fence as a toilet.”

Sergeant Tania Ash, of Daventry Safer Community Team, said the Daventry police aim to prevent the sale of alcohol to underage drinkers.

She said: “We will be having a close look at the exam result days in August and will be working with our licensed premises, and off-licences, to prevent sales of alcohol to under-age drinkers.

She added: “We’re also looking at summer events held at parks or youth clubs. While we want young people to enjoy themselves, we need to remind them of their responsibilities to others.”

Mr Dawes said:“I welcome any extra policing, it’s good to see them on the streets but what would make a real difference is banning drinking everywhere across the town.

“I think it’s anti-social to see someone walking around with a can of beer in their hand, maybe on the spot fines would deter it better? If you look at other areas, like Leamington, where drinking in parks is banned, they have a much cleaner town.”

Police force lead on anti-social behaviour Chief Inspector Fay Tennet said that the intention was not to demonise young people looking to have fun during the holidays.

She said: “The vast majority of young people are well behaved but there are a few who cause nuisance to others and, in some cases, commit ASB and criminal damage.

“There are parts of the county where this sort of behaviour is more common and this is where the local police will be concentrating,” Chief Inspector Tennet added.