Anti-social behaviour

WEST Lindsey will pilot a new approach to anti-social behaviour starting tomorrow, Friday 1st June.

Home Secretary Theresa May announced the plans last week, including orders to replace ASBOs.

A huge 3,000 reports of anti-social behaviour made to West Lindsey District Council in 2012/11, prompted the district to be chosen to try a new approach.

A ‘community trigger’ will force police, councils and other authorities to take action if five households complain. This also counts if the same individual complains three times.

The six month pilot follows a call handling trial at the council. A central data base is used for reporting anti social behaviour - rolled out as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Challenge Project.

Authorities use the system, Sentinel, to upload cases and manage incidents.

“If an individual or community group has reported an incident and not had a satisfactory answer within three reports, they can call the council and it will start a process,” said a council statement.

“The ‘community trigger’ will follow it up and if necessary launch an investigation.”

It said the ‘true level’ of anti-social behaviour had been revealed by front-line staff trained to identify bad behaviour.

Coun Alan Caine, who is on the local community safety partnership, said they would work with Boston Borough Council on the pilot.

“We are delighted to have been selected as one of only three local authorities to trial the new community trigger,” he said.

Lincolnshire Police were not available for comment.

Report anti-social behaviour to WLDC on 01427 676676.