Police acting on tip-offs of anti-social behaviour in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 14:11 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:11 14 December 2017
Police in east Ipswich have been acting on tip-offs from residents to help tackle anti-social behaviour in prominent areas.
Areas around the Scottish estate, outside Gainsborough Library and Gladstone Road were among those to have experienced anti-social behaviour, much of which has been linked to youngsters in the area.
Officers from the Ipswich east safer neighbourhood team carried out a leaflet drop to homes in the affected areas, calling for people to get in touch with their concerns.
Officers were able to gauge where some of the key problem areas were, and followed up with more detailed discussions with some of those who reported issues.
Police have said the work has helped curb some of the incidents.
A force spokeswoman said: “We fully acknowledge and understand the distress and upset that anti social behaviour (ASB) can have on residents and how it can blight communities and affect quality of life.
“As a consequence officers have been conducting reassurance patrols, speaking to residents and offering advice as a way to prevent further anti-social behaviour in the vicinity of the Gladstone Road area occurring.”
In a police report published this month, officers said that a number of youngsters had been handed community protection orders over behaviour on the Scottish estate, while one youngster was arrested and a dispersal order given for issues outside Gainsborough Library.
The report added: “We have received reports of anti-social behaviour in Gladstone Road, Ipswich where youths are acting in a rowdy and inconsiderate manner.
“Officers from the Ipswich east SNT have completed a leaflet drop to gauge community concerns. Following on from this, we have visited residents wishing to discuss these matters further.
“The families of those causing the issues have been visited and advice has been given.
“Our SNT officers continue to patrol the area at relevant times.”
Officers have urged people who have experienced anti-social behaviour or are still witnessing issues to inform officers.
A spokeswoman added: “If anyone has been the victim of ASB we would encourage them to report this to us so it helps us to gain a full understanding of what is happening and we can take appropriate action.”