Joined up thinking praised

IPSWICH today won praise from a Home Office minister for its "joined up" approach in tackling antisocial behaviour.Hazel Blears paid a visit to the town to highlight the seriousness of the problem and to see how it is being tackled.

IPSWICH today won praise from a Home Office minister for its "joined up" approach in tackling antisocial behaviour.

Hazel Blears paid a visit to the town to highlight the seriousness of the problem and to see how it is being tackled.

She said: "The anti-social behaviour of a minority can destroy a community and make decent, law-abiding people live in fear. It's absolutely vital we make a stand against antisocial behaviour - and this is exactly what Ipswich is doing."

Ms Blears spent time in the Gainsborough and Priory Heath areas before having a working lunch at the town's police station.


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She praised the role of the town's Co-op stores for providing forms for victims and witnesses to report the behaviour of the troublesome minority.

She said: "Communities, witnesses and government must join together if we're to tackle this problem. In Ipswich, the Co-op stores are helping their community do this.

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"Change is already happening in the area and Ipswich can inspire others to do the same."

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