Hartlepool leaders claim to be winning war on antisocial behaviour as figures fall by 11%

Members of the Respect Your Neighbourhood initiative in Seaton Carew
Members of the Respect Your Neighbourhood initiative in Seaton Carew

Efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour in Hartlepool appear to be paying off after a drop in nuisance incidents say town leaders.

Levels of antisocial behaviour was down by just over 11 per cent for the first quarter of this year compared with the same period the previous year.

There has been intensive work and we are now seeing some positive results

Clare Clark, Hartlepool Borough Council

That was a reduction of 220 incidents and came after the problem had been on the rise for three years between April 2012 and March of this year.

Community Safety chiefs say the reduction is the result of much work and initiatives involving many different partners including Hartlepool Borough Council and Cleveland Police.

The reduction was welcomed by the Safer Hartlepool Partnership when it received an update on progress of its Anti Social Behaviour Task Group Action Plan.

Clare Clark, head of community safety and engagement at the council, said: “There has been intensive work and we are now seeing some positive results with antisocial behaviour.”

Work highlighted in a report included neighbourhood action days where council environmental enforcement officers increase their profile in a particular neighbourhood for a day.

Six of the days under the Respect Your Neighbourhood banner were held between January and September in Burn Valley, Manor House, Seaton Carew, De Bruce, Hart and Fens and Rossmere wards.

Outreach youth work targeted in hotspot areas is also said to have made a difference as well as work around the town’s top ten troubled families.

The Assertive Outreach project has been used at 13 locations across town between April and June including the Clavering estate, town centre, Burbank, and Burn Valley.

Youth workers made contact with 631 young people and steered towards various activities.

Agencies are also using sharing more information.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, chairman of the Safer Hartlepool Partnership, welcomed the drop in incidents and added: “I hope it continues.”