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Aldershot antisocial behaviour must stop

Unreasonable antisocial behaviour caused by a few individuals in Aldershot town centre must stop, says the Safer North Hampshire Partnership and Rushmoor Borough Council, who are working together with Police to tackle the issue.

As part of its ongoing work and after increased concerns raised by the public and businesses in the town, the partners are running an intensive programme over the summer months working with the police and partners to gather evidence, for appropriate and proportionate use of enforcement powers to control antisocial behaviour.

The council has obtained an Antisocial Behaviour Injunction against an individual, who is well known to the Police as a perpetrator of anti-social behaviour fuelled by substance abuse in the town centre. This person is homeless but choosing not to engage with support services.

Due to the repeated behaviour of this individual, which was seen to pose a serious risk to the public, the council was able to successfully apply for an emergency injunction order at Aldershot County Court on Monday 24 June preventing him from returning to the town centre area.

Councillor Simon Bound, Chairman of the Safer North Hampshire Partnership, said: “This behaviour is unacceptable in our town centres and this recent action shows how, by working together with our partners and the community, we can take positive action.”

An intensive programme over the summer will now see increased uniformed patrols carried out by the Police and the council’s Community Patrol team and use of Community Protection warnings against individuals who are repeatedly causing a problem.

The council will also continue its work with partner agencies and outreach services to encourage individuals to access specialist support and make a positive change that will help them to turn their lives around.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council said: “Unfortunately a small number of individuals have been causing a disproportionate amount of antisocial behaviour in town, causing both harassment and distress to both residents and visitors to the town centre. Enforcement action is always a last resort, and there is always help available to people facing complex issues and homelessness, but intimidating and antisocial behaviour in our town is unacceptable and simply has to stop.”

Councillor Sheehan added “Evidence is key, and our increased presence will involve more uniformed patrols, evidence-taking and engagement with the public, so that we can make a positive change.”

Members of the public are asked to remain vigilant and to report all instances of antisocial behaviour to the police, using 101, or by contacting the Safer North Hampshire team on communitysafetyteam@communitysafetynh.org.