Anti-social behaviour and criminal damage report

Anti-social behaviour and criminal damage fell across Derbyshire during a six-week partnership operation.

Operation Relentless ran between Monday, September 28 and Sunday, November 7, tying in with the traditional historical increases in anti-social behaviour around half term, Halloween and Bonfire Night.

During this time, there were 7,120 incidents of anti-social behaviour across the county, a reduction of six per cent when compared to the same period last year, when there were 7,586 incidents.

Criminal damage fell by four per cent from 1,696 to 1,624.

As part of Relentless, Derbyshire police worked with organisations all over the county, such as councils and the fire service, to tackle anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime.
Hundreds of events were held as part of the operation, which consisted of six themed weeks:

• Week one. September 27 – October 3. Improving local neighbourhoods
• Week two. October 4 – October 10. Family engagement
• Week three. October 11 – October 17. Community action
• Week four. October 18 – October 24. Alcohol harm reduction
• Week five. October 25 – October 31. Nuisance reduction
• Week six. November 1 – November 7. Fire safety

Community clean-ups were held in several towns, including Long Eaton, Ironville, Chesterfield, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Wirksworth and Alfreton.

Activities such as football and basketball coaching, fishing lessons and cookery classes were held to give youngsters something positive to do as an alternative to anti-social behaviour.

To tackle alcohol-related crime, patrols were increased to target underage drinkers and drivers were stopped and breathalysed in certain areas, including Clay Cross.

Licensees across the county were reminded of their responsibility to ask for identification under the Challenge 25 scheme and officers carried out test purchase operations to discover premises selling alcohol to youngsters.

Assistant Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “I’m very pleased to see that fewer people have been affected by anti-social behaviour as a result of this operation.

“Operation Relentless is about improving communities and people’s quality of life.

“It’s also about supporting sustainable projects so that the good work done as part of Relentless will benefit areas in years to come.

“We are working with Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership to provide a BMX track for youngsters at Riddings Park, which is just one of the many good projects supported by the operation.

“I would like to thank partner organisations across the county for their hard work during the six-week period.”