Complaints from Matlock residents about noise and antisocial behaviour (ASB) on weekend nights have prompted Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa to visit the area to see – and hear – the problems for himself.
His visit follows reports of noise and ASB from bars on Dales Road, noise at the taxi rank at closing time, nuisance problems in the nearby sensory garden and then, at 3am, the clink and clank of the empties as they are thrown into the bins.
“Noise and nuisance is always unpleasant, sometimes unbearable – and even worse when it continues into the early hours of the morning,” Commissioner Dhindsa said. “I wanted to take a look at what is going on for myself so that, together with our police force and partners, I can help find the solutions the residents need.”
His visit upholds his election promise to prioritise the needs of victims and vulnerable people in our communities. It is also in tune with one of his strategic priorities in his Draft Police and Crime Plan which he launched on Wednesday 24 August. In the relevant priority, he promises “to work with partners to develop solutions to tackle issues of ASB in order to improve the quality of life for local people.”
Commissioner Dhindsa commented: “As I point out in my Draft Plan, I am your voice in the fight against crime and I will listen to you on any issues that you have about policing and community safety. I can’t promise to always have the answers but I will commit to working with you and with partners to try and identify solutions.
“I had been made aware of the problem ahead of my visit to launch my Police and Crime Plan. I was pleased that I had the opportunity at that event to meet some of those residents who are understandably upset by this behaviour. I thought I should do the late night shift to see the problem for myself. I am very well aware that somebody’s idea of ‘low-level’ crime can be extremely upsetting for those affected.”
A key part of his approach to tackling and reducing crime is to pool resources and bring together specialist services involved in the fight against it. “I am very keen on using a multi-agency approach to benefit local people,” he said.
The visit is taking place on Saturday, 3 Septmber, starting at 9pm.
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Posted on Thursday 1st September 2016