Safer Thurrock - Thurrock Community Safety Partnership Issue 7 by dfsiopmhy6


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                                                                                                                                             Safer Thurrock
                                                                                                                                                    SPECIAL ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR EDITION
Thurrock Community
Safety Team 01375 390000                                                                                    Thurrock Community Safety Partnership                    Issue 7
Drug and Alcohol                                                                                            page 3                           page 5                              page 7
Action Team 01375 652972                                                                                    Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour   A safer place to live               Community Cohesion
Thurrock Substance                                                                                                                                                        As a Council we are working hard to
Misuse 24/7 Freephone                                                                                                                                                     tackle anti-social behaviour and
helpline 0800 633 5202                                                                                                                                                    environmental crime such as
Victim Support 0845 456 5995                                                                                                                                              littering.
                                                                                                                                                                             We know that you, our residents,
Crimestoppers 0800 555111                                                                                                                                                 want to live and work in a place                                                                                                                                                  where you feel safe in the day and
                                                                                                                                                                          the night. You also want to live in a
Fire Safety Team for a free                                                                                                                                               clean and green environment.
home safety fire check                                                                                                                                                       We continue to work with our
01375 376628                                                                                                                                                              partners and crime is falling but we
Essex Police 0300 333 4444                                                                                                                                                know that as residents you are still
contact your local                                                                                                                                                        fearful of crime and that we still
neighbourhood policing team                                                                                                                                               have a significant amount of work                                                                                                                                              to do to ensure that we are making
                                                                                                                                                                          a difference to your lives in terms of
Ngage/Community Forums                                                                                                                                                    making you feel safe.
01375 389893                                                                                                                                                                 We are looking forward to                                                                                                                                        introducing some new
                                                                                                                                                                          communications tools over the
Where to report Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB):                                                                                                                              coming months which will enable us
Are you at serious risk of, or are being attacked, or your property damaged? Contact                                                                                      to tell you more about what we are
Essex Police on 0300 333 4444 or the ASB Team on 01708 891394                                                                                                             doing, what you can do, and to
Report abandoned vehicles, dog-mess, graffiti, fly posting, fly tipping and litter to the                                                                                 enable us to better engage with our
Be Smart team on 0800 581281                                                                                                                                              communities.
                                                                                                                                                                             This magazine is just one of those
Report NON-URGENT INCIDENTS online at:                                                                                                                tools and I hope it helps you to help
                                                                                                                                                                          us in the fight against anti social
Thurrock Racial Unity Support Taskgroup (T.R.U.S.T.) Ltd
                                                                                                                                                                          behaviour and environmental crime.
01375 385316
In an emergency dial 999                                                                                                                                                  Lucy Magill
                                                                                                                                                                          Head of Service, Public Protection,
  The Thurrock Community Safety Partnership is one of the programme boards sitting under the                                                                              Thurrock Council & Chair of
                       umbrella of the Shaping Thurrock Partnership.                                                                                                      TCSP Executive Group
  The Thurrock Community Safety Partnership includes, Thurrock Council, Essex Police, Essex Fire & Rescue
             Service, South West Essex Primary Care Trust, Probation and the Voluntary Sector.
                                     Making Thurrock Safer                                                                                   Making Thurrock Safer
       Forums                                                                                        Behaviour
     working to                                                                                      A main concern of residents’ is anti-
                                                                                                     social behaviour (ASB) in Thurrock. A
         make                                                                                        new Community Protection team has
                                                                                                     been set up to help alleviate these
                                                                                                     fears and tackle the issues.
      Thurrock                                                                                       The team investigate reported
                                                                                                     incidents of ASB and environmental
          safer                                                                                      crime. Working in partnership with the
                                                                                                     Neighbourhood Policing teams they act on
                                                                                                                                                       also work with the police who supply evidence.
                                                                                                                                                         Since the team was formed in late 2008,
                                                                                                     information from the public, ward councillors     working with other council departments and
                                                                                                     and MPs.                                          the Police, it has dealt with 175 incidents of
    Getting involved in your local community            Although an ongoing initiative, the            With eight high visibility, uniformed           ASB and environmental crime with 128
    forum is one of the most rewarding ways to          number of ASB calls has reduced.             community protection officers, the team           positive outcomes, including 5 ASB injunctions,
    help make you feel safer in your community.                                                      investigates allegations, by interviewing         1 ASB order, 23 acceptable and good neighbour
    In Thurrock, they have had major successes        I Residents raised concerns about speeding     complainants, witnesses and suspects, taking      agreements, 95 warnings and 5 evictions.
    in championing the issues that are                  in East Tilbury. Since then Essex Police     statements, conducting observations and             Cotact us on: 01708 891 394 or
    important to residents and creating a closer        have used mobile police stations and         deploying cameras. Appropriate action is then     0800 581 281or email
    relationship with local police.                     speeding devices. This has resulted in an    taken.                                  
      Community forums are open to all                  improvement in the situation.                  The team try to resolve ASB issues by using
    residents, groups, schools and businesses                                                        various methods such as advice, mediation,                      REMEMBER:
                                                                                                                                                              In any emergency dial 999
    and are attended by neighbourhood police,         I Residents in Grays raised concerns about     warnings, civil and criminal court action. They
    councillors, and other public agencies. They        ASB caused by drinking. High visibility
    look at a variety of major issues for residents     patrols have been used to move these
    including regeneration, road safety, anti-          persons or arrest and convict.
    social behaviour (ASB) and crime. They
    include Neighbourhood Action Panel’s (NAP)        I An increase in burglary in the Orsett area
                                                                                                         Alcohol units
    set up by the Police, to identify and resolve       resulted in Police walking the beat and        Did you know 1 in 10 adults in the UK are drinking at harmful levels?
    residents’ concerns.                                door knocking, along with leaflet drops to     The Department of Health advises that men should drink no more
                                                        deter offenders. Ongoing crime prevention      than 3-4 units a day and women no more than 2-3 units a day. Here are
    Some successes last year include:                   days are being held with residents.            a few examples of how many units are in some alcoholic drinks:

    I Essex Police worked with residents and          More reports on ongoing local priorities           One 125ml small glass of wine (11-12%) is the
      Thurrock Council Housing office to stop         and successes can be found at                      equivalent of 1.5 Units.
      youths engaging in ASB in Chadwell.             One pint of lager/beer/cider or One 500ml can
                                                                                                         (4-5%) is the equivalent of 2 units.
                                                                                                         One 25 ml measure of spirits (40%) is the equivalent
    More information about your local community forum can be                                             of 1 unit. Some pubs serve 35 ml measures.
    found at                                                        If you would like further information on sensible drinking visit
    or contact Ngage, the Thurrock community organisation that                                or contact:
    supports community groups and forums, on 01375 389 893.                                            The Drug and Alcohol Action Team on 01375 652972
                                                                                                       OASIS (Adults) on 01375 374411 Network (Young People) on 01375 376111

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Tilbury Man
                                       Licensing Department-                                                    Trading Standards Goes Proactive!
Handed ASBO                            Making Thurrock Safer
                                       Maintaining and enhancing          up with ensuring that taxis,
A prolific offender from Tilbury       the quality of life for those      private hire vehicle operators,
has been given an Anti-Social          who live, work or visit            drivers and vehicles are
Behaviour Order (ASBO) to              Thurrock is at the heart of        properly licensed. This includes
restrict his ability to commit         what the licensing                 carrying out Criminal Records
crime.                                 department does.                   Bureau (CRB) checks.
                     Stuart Parsons,      This is achieved by providing      Thurrock does not have any          Trickster play, Tilbury, March 2009
                  aged 34, of          a high quality licensing and       major problems regarding
                  Adelaide Road,       enforcement service including      businesses breaking the terms         Many see the Trading Standards department as           rogue workmen. To date Crammavill Street,
                  Tilbury, is a        alcohol, public                    of their licence, however there       an avenue of reporting rogue traders or to             Stifford Clays has one with another planned
                  prolific offender    entertainments, taxis, animal      are some pubs which are               complain about improper practices. However,            for Aveley.
                  predominately        welfare and charitable             regularly reported for causing        the department also works with a number of               Other initiatives through Thurrock
                  known for            collections.                       problems.                             agencies in Thurrock to prevent these                  Community Safety Partnership includes the
offences of dwelling burglary             This department deals with         Breaches of the Licensing          instances from happening in the first place.           free “Trickster” play which was held in March
and vehicle crime, which are           an array of licensing issues       Act can result in the business          Through its Underage Sales Programme,                with a performance highlighting the potential
priority areas for Thurrock            from alcohol and                   losing their licence or, as a last    Trading Standards recruits teenage volunteers          problems caused by bogus callers. Using
Community Safety Partnership.          entertainment to betting.          resort, prosecution.                  to help determine whether local shops are              humour and song, the theatre production
  The ASBO was submitted and           Licensing also work to prevent        Working with the police            complying with under-age rules regarding               emphasised the dangers associated with
granted on 19 February 2009 at         crime and disorder.                licensing carry out                   cigarettes, knives and alcohol purchases.              doorstep cold calling while helping to reduce
Southend Magistrate Court.                The department is also          enforcement visits and take             On the majority of attempts our volunteers           the fear of such crimes.
  The conditions of the ASBO are       responsible for ensuring that      appropriate action, thus              have been unsuccessful in purchasing age                 We are always looking for more 13 to16
valid only in the Thurrock district    licensed premises such as          ensuring that public protection       restricted products.                                   year olds for our Underage Sales Programme,
and means that Mr Parsons is           pubs and clubs are complying       and safety are upheld.                  Another initiative is the introduction of ‘no        please get in touch as it is a worthwhile cause
prohibited from carrying any           with the conditions of their          Contact us on:                     cold calling areas’. These are set up with the         and volunteering looks great on your CV too!
controlled drugs or needles;           licence.                           01375 652187 or email:                local residents to discourage cold callers and           Contact us on: 01375 652955 or email:
entering public or private car            The majority of time is taken             raise the awareness of distraction burglars and
parks unless no other access to
premises is available; touching
any motor vehicle without
specific permission from the
                                                                                                               Thurrock : A safer place to live
owner or user; and entering or                                                                                 Residents perception of              of people feeling unsafe alone    negative perception associated
attempting to enter any private                                                                                Thurrock as a safe place to live     after dark has decreased by       with seeing a group of young
dwelling.                                                                                                      is improving, according to the       2 per cent to 47 per cent.        people on the streets after dark
  Cabinet member for Public                                                                                    2008 Quality of Life Survey.            Residents most significant     which makes some people
Protection, Cllr Ben Maney, said:                                                                                 The annual survey,                fears about personal safety       fearful.
“Anti-social behaviour causes                                                                                  commissioned by Thurrock             relate to potential harassment       The council, local agencies
alarm and distress for law-                                                                                    Council and conducted by mruk        and intimidation from gangs of    and residents all need to
abiding citizens making them                                                                                   research, is designed to provide     young people, however young       continue working together to
fearful in their own community                                                                                 key information and identify         people have the same concerns     ensure everyone within the
and decreasing everybody’s                                                                                     priorities for Thurrock.             and are often in groups so they   community feels that Thurrock
quality of life.                                                                                                  This year’s survey shows an       feel safer.                       is a safe place to live.
  People who insist on engaging                                                                                increase in the number of               Although these teenagers          To access the full findings of
in this form of intimidating or                                                                                residents reporting they feel        may not be engaging in anti-      the Quality of Life Survey please
threatening behaviour will be                                                                                  ‘very safe’ in the area in the day   social behaviour (ASB) or         visit
dealt with according to the law.”                                                                              (91 per cent) while the number       criminal activity, there is a     i-know/consultation/

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                                                                                                          Cohesion –
                                                                                                          So what is community cohesion?
                                                                                                          Community cohesion is best described as the
                                                                                                          glue that holds an area together.
                                                                                                             It is about people from different

                                                                                                          backgrounds coming together across
                                                                                                          different cultures, faith groups, ages and
                                                                                                          abilities and is key to all of us feeling safe
                                                                                                          and happy within our society. Integration,
                                                                                                          citizenship, effective engagement, strong
                                                                                                          leadership, developing a sense of place and
                                                                                                          positive communications are considered           Community Showcase, 21 March 2009
                                                                                                          essential ingredients of achieving cohesion.     I Increased audio facilities for The Parkinson
                                                                                                             Thurrock Council considers improving            Disease Society Thurrock Support Group.
                                                                                                          community cohesion to be one of its top 20
                                                                                                          priorities.                                      These are just a few examples of what is being
                                                                                                                                                           done to improve community cohesion and a
                                                                                                          What is being done to improve community          plan has been put in place to help us continue
                                                                                                          cohesion?                                        to improve.
                                                                                                                                                             Further information about Thurrock’s
                                                                                                          Recent activities to address this include:       community cohesion plan can be found at
The Thurrock Community Safety Partnership                                                                 I The Seabrook Rise Community           or by calling
has joined forces with Thurrock Council's Be                                                                Association’s Family First Aid Fun Day.        01375 652885.
Smart Environmental Education Programme,
Youth Offending Service, Connexions, Brave                                                                I Thurrock Disability Network’s “It’s Your
Arts and Essex Police to help prevent graffiti in                                                           Community” open house meetings
the Borough through the Beyond Graffiti                                                                     to promote tolerance.
Project.                                             Catherine Ruddick (Youth Services and Connexions),
                                                     Cllr Pearce (Deputy Mayor), Sue Bloss and Steven     I Thurrock Play Network’s
  The project, designed to educate young                                                                    “Save Our Bees” activity
                                                     Greener (Community Safety Manager - Essex Police).
people on the negative aspects of graffiti and                                                              day, which brought
the positive aspects of art and design, saw            Tagging and graffiti without permission is           young people with
them work together to research, design and           criminal damage and may cause intimidation             disabilities together
create an artistic and historical wall painting at   and fear of crime. It can generate a cycle of          with the local
the walkway on Crown Road, Grays.                    disrespect leading to more excessive forms of          community for a
Participants, including ex-graffiti offenders,       vandalism, anti-social behaviour and crime.            variety of activities.
had to pledge not to tag in Thurrock for the           BeSmart Education Officer, Sue Bloss, said:
duration of the 12 week programme and                “This project encourages young people to put         I Thurrock Christian
involved them cleaning graffiti off the streets.     their artistic and design skills to a more             Fellowship’s street party
  The Urban Art Project saw the pedestrian           positive and legal use. Participants have also         in Grays, planned for May,
walkway cleaned and transformed into an              spoken of their desire to pursue careers in            will target an area with a
historical mural depicting images from the           design rather than in the criminal activity that       history of anti-social
dinosaur and stone ages through to the               graffiti and tagging represents.”                      behaviour.
modern era, including The State Cinema, and            We are seeking to roll this project out to all
the future.                                          areas in Thurrock via youth service centres.
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