Letter of the week: Hartlepool Police seem to be responding to community concerns

The recent meeting about anti-social behaviour in the Burbank area of Hartlepool.
The recent meeting about anti-social behaviour in the Burbank area of Hartlepool.

I write in response to the article, Residents say crime and antisocial behaviour are blighting area (Mail, May 25).

A familiar story all over the country.

Ideally, each community needs a spokesperson.

In my community it’s me.

As the Behaviour Orders, backed up by comments from the housing association, hint at, typically it’s a knot of regular trouble-makers behind most of the issues.

To succeed, the community needs to tackle the bad guys, not individual annoyances.

It’s what makes community management different from whack-a-mole.

It sounds as if the Hartlepool police are responding.

In some towns the police don’t seem to.

I’m waiting for a response from Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger on whether or not junkies are mugging and pulverising innocent pedestrians.

If they are, the Home Office will have some explaining to do.

Patrick Mackeown,
High Wycombe.

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