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Crackdown on crime related issues in Stafford

20 people have been issued community protection notice warnings for anti-social behaviour on the first day of a week of action to tackle issues in Stafford town centre.

Five people were also issued with dispersal notices which excludes them from the town centre for 48 hours. A 24-year-old woman was also reported for court summons for a public order offence.

Officers from the neighbourhood policing team have teamed up with groups from within Stafford Borough Council including community safety, housing, environmental health, licensing and streetscene.

The Special Constabulary, Stafford Street Pastors plus other agencies and local services are also on hand throughout the week. 

Chief Inspector Gemma Ward, commander for Stafford Borough, said: “This is a week of co-ordinated activity between various organisations with a vested interest in Stafford - all coming together to tackle the issues that matter in our county town centre. 

“We have listened to recent reports and concerns and agreed on actions that the police, local authority and our wider partners can take to improve things for everyone. This includes education about the laws in place in the town centre, preventing crime and anti-social behaviour and taking enforcement action where necessary. 

“We all want to ensure that the town centre is a safe, pleasant place for our local communities, visitors and businesses. We also want to share with the public what we are doing on issues like rough sleeping and drug and alcohol misuse. It’s a great opportunity to talk face to face with the public about our work.” 

The local community are able to meet officers and discuss any concerns they have about their community or crime-related issues at the mobile police station located in Market Square until Saturday.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Health, said: “I’m really pleased we have come together with the police to help address issues that we know are of concern to our residents. 

“It’s important to appreciate that some of these issues on the face of it may seem simple - but many of the underlying causes can be complex. For example, we can find accommodation for people - but the main challenge is ensuring they have the support to keep the roof over their head for the long term. 

“That requires people to engage with us to address issues such as alcohol or drug addiction. That work continues, and, it is key to its success, that all partners continue to work together to ensure our town centre is an attractive place for people to live, work and visit.”

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