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Cops hand out notices as part of crime crackdown

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

By ROB SMYTH

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POLICE have been issuing people with fixed penalty notices in certain areas of Burton in an effort to drive down crime levels.

Staffordshire Police revealed that, as part of continued problems in antisocial behaviour outside Short Street shops and vehicle crime along Malvern Avenue and Malvern Street, they have been blitzing the areas to find those responsible.

Officers have been handing out fixed penalty notices to people seen causing antisocial behaviour and seizing any alcohol found on people under the age of 18.

A spokesman for the force told the Mail: "This is a priority for us and although we have taken this action, increased patrols will still be in the area to make sure that the work already done is working and we are on top of the issue.

"We had received several complaints about the antisocial behaviour outside the Short Street shops in the evenings."

This latest blitz came after the area was the target of a large scale operation undertaken after dozens of complaints were made by concerned residents about issues surrounding the Short Street area in August.

Officers gave a dressing down to more than 40 youths after they were identified as the ringleaders behind a dramatic rise in antisocial behaviour.

Staffordshire Police worked with officials from Trent and Dove Housing and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and used specialist surveillance techniques to identify those responsible for abusing people in the street, drinking and swearing.

The youngsters were then visited in their homes and warned in front of their parents about their 'unacceptable behaviour'

Inspector Tyrone Kerr, commander of the East Staffordshire local policing team, said swift action was taken after calls from residents quickly highlighted that the problem was a 'serious issue'

It has also been revealed that residents in Stapenhill and Brizlincote are 'concerned'about the number of burglaries in both areas.

During the past few weeks, several properties have been targeted by burglars who gain access to the property and steal items that can be quickly sold on for cash.

A spokesman for the force added: "We are continuing our investigations into these incidents and officers have increased their high visibility patrols and have been offering advice to residents, in particularly, the elderly.

"We are advising residents to double check they have locked their property and vehicles securely before leaving them unattended.

"If anyone does see any suspicious activity, they should call police as soon as possible."

As a result of talking with members of the community, Staffordshire have decided that its crime priorities in both areas during the next three months will be burglary and festive crime.

Anyone with concerns with antisocial behaviour should call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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