"In the short term we hope to stem the tide of disorder, provide some respite for local residents and provide support for off licences who may be experiencing problems from drunks trying to buy alcohol." Sergeant Warren Bottell
Cambridgeshire Police and Peterborough City Council are launching a month long 'no-nonsense' campaign of focussed patrols and activity specifically targeting anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the Eastfield Road and Monument Street neighbourhoods throughout June.
Residents sent a letter together with a petition to council detailing incidents of ASB. The documents made several suggestions for improvements, including changes to the road layout, and a review of licensing conditions for local off-licences and businesses on Eastfield Road.
The City Council and Peterborough Police as a result, are to conduct foot patrols in and around the area with the aim to reduce disorder, in particular on street drinking, and to ensure that licensed premises are observing the conditions imposed by their their licence.
Sergeant Warren Bottell said: "It is important that we listen and respond to the concerns of communities when they tell us about problems".
"I have allocated a number of officers to tackle this problem over the next month in order to manage risk and reduce potential harm to residents. Everyone needs to feel safe where they live and I hope this action will go some way to making that happen.
In the short term we hope to stem the tide of disorder, provide some respite for local residents and provide support for off licences who may be experiencing problems from drunks trying to buy alcohol.
"The long term plan is to reduce disorder and to ensure that the licence conditions and opening times for businesses are reviewed and suitable for the area."
The area was subjected to a three-month period of sustained police patrols last year, which was successful in reducing ASB. So far evidence has already been gathered around licence breaches in one shop, and preparations are in hand for a review to take place.
Mark Woolner, Head of the Safer Peterborough Partnership, said: "Improving the quality life for people is a key priority for the council and we are working hard together to make that happen in this part of our city.
"Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and we are confident this action will show positive results."
To report any anti-social behaviour, please call 01733 747474 and ask to speak to a member of the anti-social behaviour team at Peterborough City Council, or alternatively call police on the non-emergency number, 101.