anti social – Sociology Eso Science http://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 10:16:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-6-150x150.png anti social – Sociology Eso Science http://www.sociologyesoscience.com/ 32 32 Dispersal order put in place at Millbrook, Southampton https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/dispersal-order-put-in-place-at-millbrook-southampton/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 10:16:08 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/dispersal-order-put-in-place-at-millbrook-southampton/ A DISPERSAL order was put in place in Southampton last night in a bid to tackle ‘noisy and rude’ young people shouting abuse at residents. A teenager was arrested following anti-social behavior in Millbrook last night. Police reported a group of boys and girls lingering outside shops on Windermere Avenue outside Millbrook Towers. Officers asked […]]]>

A DISPERSAL order was put in place in Southampton last night in a bid to tackle ‘noisy and rude’ young people shouting abuse at residents.

A teenager was arrested following anti-social behavior in Millbrook last night.

Police reported a group of boys and girls lingering outside shops on Windermere Avenue outside Millbrook Towers.

Officers asked the group of teenagers to move to Mansel Park and away from the shops, but received “lots of smart responses and rude remarks”.

The teenagers continued to be loud, disruptive and shout abuse at residents using the stores.

The police decided to implement a dispersal order to give the police the power to remove young people from the area.

The group still refused to leave and other officers were called to the scene.

One person was arrested and three youths received dispersal notices.

In a social media post, a Force spokesperson said: “We were grateful to the parents of those we dispersed who supported us. They were disappointed and probably embarrassed that we had to take action there. .

“One parent was not so supportive and felt we were being overbearing. The video recorded by the officers present would not support those parents’ thoughts on this.

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“The behavior of this group has caused intimidation, anxiety and fear to many people using the stores and passing through over the past few weeks.

“The frustration of other residents also translated into anger towards the youngsters.”

The dispersal zone is in place around the Millbrook towers and the shops on Windermere Avenue until 11.59pm tonight, March 13.

Anyone already dispersed from the area who returns during this time will be arrested and prosecuted.

Anyone in the area who causes or is likely to cause incivility or disturbance may be dispersed for the duration of the order.

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Yobs spray graffiti on an ambulance in Bridport https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/yobs-spray-graffiti-on-an-ambulance-in-bridport/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 00:10:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/yobs-spray-graffiti-on-an-ambulance-in-bridport/ AUTHORITIES have condemned an attack on an ambulance in Bridport. Now townspeople are being asked to come forward to help identify those responsible. Graffiti including the word ‘liar’ was sprayed on the vehicle in what was described as an ‘appalling and senseless act of vandalism’. Dorset Police are investigating criminal damage to the ambulance which […]]]>

AUTHORITIES have condemned an attack on an ambulance in Bridport.

Now townspeople are being asked to come forward to help identify those responsible.

Graffiti including the word ‘liar’ was sprayed on the vehicle in what was described as an ‘appalling and senseless act of vandalism’.

Dorset Police are investigating criminal damage to the ambulance which was parked in Corbin Way, Bradpole. Police are working with the City Council to tackle anti-social behavior in Bridport.

Bridport Town Clerk Will Austin said: ‘This is an appalling and senseless act of vandalism, and we need to know who did it – not so we can criminalize it, but to make sure they understand the implications of what they have completed.

“This ambulance will no doubt have had to be taken out of service while the graffiti has been removed which means we have one less ambulance locally available for this period. Someone has put lives at risk and I urge anyone having information to contact Dorset Police.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said: ‘We received a report at 9am on Sunday February 27 of criminal damage involving graffiti sprayed on an ambulance which was parked at Corbin Way in Bridport between 10pm on Saturday February 26 and 7 a.m. on Sunday February 27.

“Investigations into the incident are ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.”

The spokesperson added: “We are committed to working with our partners, including Bridport City Council, to tackle anti-social behavior in the area and encourage anyone who encounters such behavior to report it to the police.

“These reports help us create an intelligence picture across the region of where anti-social behavior is occurring and direct patrols to any areas where anti-social behavior is increasingly being reported.”

A spokesperson for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said: ‘Unfortunately one of our ambulances was downgraded in Bridport over the weekend.

“This anti-social behavior is unacceptable, and repairing the damage is unnecessarily straining NHS resources at a time when it needs them most. This ambulance was back on the road very quickly, thanks to the hard work of our colleagues.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online, email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting occurrence number 55220032796.

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Plans for a snooker hall and shisha bridge on derelict land in Glasgow have been turned down https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/plans-for-a-snooker-hall-and-shisha-bridge-on-derelict-land-in-glasgow-have-been-turned-down/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 08:37:13 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/plans-for-a-snooker-hall-and-shisha-bridge-on-derelict-land-in-glasgow-have-been-turned-down/ A bid to build food outlets, a billiard room and a shisha smoking terrace on vacant land in the Southside has been rejected. Plans were submitted to Glasgow City Council to regenerate a brownfield site at 55-57 Maxwell Road in July last year. The applicant, Asif Nasair of Sama Enterprise Ltd, wanted to create ‘Southside […]]]>

A bid to build food outlets, a billiard room and a shisha smoking terrace on vacant land in the Southside has been rejected.

Plans were submitted to Glasgow City Council to regenerate a brownfield site at 55-57 Maxwell Road in July last year.

The applicant, Asif Nasair of Sama Enterprise Ltd, wanted to create ‘Southside 57’, a ‘social hub’ with drive-through food outlets, a pedestrian food parade, pool and billiard tables, a playground indoor catering and a shisha terrace.

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Why was it rejected?

However, council planners ruled that the proposed development ‘fails to deliver’ a ‘distinctive high quality neighbourhood’ and ‘fails to respond adequately to sufficient active street frontage and presence along of Maxwell Road”.

Southside 57 would have been a new social center.

They added that the plan would not provide a “safe and pleasant neighborhood”.

What were the plans?

The application said the land, which previously housed Caledonian’s railway engineers department, had been “in a state of steady decline for many years”.

He said: ‘These proposals aim to regenerate this site area into a vibrant community asset that is deeply rooted in the culture of Glasgow’s south side.

No alcohol was reportedly sold at the site, which would have included eight food outlets housed in former shipping containers and a partially vehicle-less food parade with outdoor seating.

There were plans for 15 pool tables and eight to 10 pool tables as well as an indoor food court with “comfortable” private booths and loose seating.

The app stated: “Events and social venues are often viewed negatively by the public and local residents due to excessive noise, crowds and anti-social behavior, all of which are greatly exaggerated by alcohol consumption.

“Without this, the 55 to 57 Maxwell Road proposals seek to become a welcome part of the local community and to have minimal impact on the immediate environment, without the negative behavioral traits influenced by alcohol.

“The proposals aim to create a vibrant community asset during the day and a more introverted social center at night.”

He added: “The incorporation of the use of shisha has been an essential component of the project brief from the start.

“Special attention has been given throughout the design process to provide suitable space for this which is both comfortably sheltered while complying with current legislation.

“E-shisha will also be offered as a tobacco-free alternative and the use of any kind of shisha will be restricted to designated areas.”

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Killarney Inquiry Highlights Many Concerns About Anti-Social Behavior https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/killarney-inquiry-highlights-many-concerns-about-anti-social-behavior/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 18:18:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/killarney-inquiry-highlights-many-concerns-about-anti-social-behavior/ More than half of businesses in Killarney are concerned about “a very high risk” of anti-social behavior on city streets and car parks, according to a survey commissioned by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce. It was, according to House Speaker Cllr Niall Kelleher (Fianna Fáil), one of the most remarkable findings of research […]]]>

More than half of businesses in Killarney are concerned about “a very high risk” of anti-social behavior on city streets and car parks, according to a survey commissioned by the Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce.

It was, according to House Speaker Cllr Niall Kelleher (Fianna Fáil), one of the most remarkable findings of research carried out in the city last year, published in recent days, and he said Killarney needed of Garda resources to serve not only the population of the town, but the large number of people who visit Killarney.

The Killarney Sentiment Study by Repucon Consulting conducted a survey of community, visitor and business sentiment in the town in 2021. The results on business sentiment cited traffic management and the recruitment of personal as the biggest challenges facing businesses in the post-COVID world.

Cllr Kelleher said The Kerryman that he believes that these concerns have not diminished since the completion of the investigation.

“Personnel, obviously that’s a very, very big concern,” he said. “There are many factors which, if considered, would be helpful. One is housing, and its availability, which would make it easier to attract staff.

“One of the great things [I took from the survey] is that 52% of people expressed concern about the very high risk of damage to Killarney’s reputation if anti-social behavior is not addressed.

“One of the things we can do is have full CCTV deployment. The other is – and this is not a problem coming from Garda Síochána locally or in Kerry – Garda Síochána provides the resources to support the 14,000 people who reside in the town of Killarney. They don’t take into account the increased population that comes to the city during the summer period… This is a key issue that needs to be addressed.

Most business (71.2%) and community (67.8%) respondents, however, felt that Killarney was a safe or very safe place to socialise.

Over 58% of businesses believe that the pedestrianization of Plunkett Street and Main Street has been effective. The community rating was equally strong for Main Street (56.9% agreed it had been effective), but Plunkett’s Pedestrian Street was seen as much more effective, with 72.3% support.

The community feels that the development of a market area such as an outdoor farmers market should be the number one priority for future development; while a bowling alley, at 31.6%, was cited as the number one amenity that could benefit Killarney but does not currently exist.

Visitor sentiment showed the city exceeded or greatly exceeded expectations by 87.3% of respondents, with nearly 60% saying they were “very likely” to return. While Killarney’s reputation was the most commonly cited reason for visiting the town at 43%, the influence of the Wild Atlantic Way, despite Killarney not being located on the road, featured prominently at 23%.

“The research is done independently by a very professional organization, and it was very consultative and open,” said Cllr Kelleher. “It wasn’t just the House members, it was the entire business community.

“1,100 people contributed to the consumer sentiment survey, these are the people of Killarney. It’s as good as having a national political poll.

“This [the survey as a whole] will be of great benefit to the city and local authority by lobbying nationwide for additional support for the city.

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City center hit with dispersal order following recent anti-social behavior https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/city-center-hit-with-dispersal-order-following-recent-anti-social-behavior/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 10:14:02 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/city-center-hit-with-dispersal-order-following-recent-anti-social-behavior/ A dispersal order is in place in Leigh town center following reports of anti-social behavior in the area. Powers include Lord Street, from Brown Street North to Spinning Jenny Way, and Railway Road from the junction of Findlay Street and Twist Lane, to Spinning Jenny Way. Leigh Bus Station is included in the dispersal area, […]]]>

A dispersal order is in place in Leigh town center following reports of anti-social behavior in the area.

Powers include Lord Street, from Brown Street North to Spinning Jenny Way, and Railway Road from the junction of Findlay Street and Twist Lane, to Spinning Jenny Way.

Leigh Bus Station is included in the dispersal area, along with McDonald’s, Leigh Market and Spinning Gate Shopping Centre.

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The powers were granted under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, according to the Leigh, Atherton and Hindley Division of Greater Manchester Police.



The area covered by the dispersal order

They will be in effect until 11:59 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, February 23) and will allow officers to order anyone to leave a place in the area and not return, or risk being arrested.

A GMP spokesperson said: “In response to recent incidents of anti-social behavior in Leigh town centre, powers of dispersal under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 have been authorized .

“Powers are in effect in the center of Leigh Town including LORD STREET from the junction of BROWN STREET NORTH to SPINNING JENNY WAY. RAILWAY ROAD, to the junction of FINLAY STREET and bordering TWIST LANE to SPINNING JENNY WAY.

“The dispersal order will be in effect from 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

“The powers allow officers, if necessary, to order anyone in a public place within the designated area to leave and not return during the period in question. Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offense and may result in arrest.”

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Youngsters warned ‘the railway is not a playground’ ahead of mid-term https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/youngsters-warned-the-railway-is-not-a-playground-ahead-of-mid-term/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 10:40:25 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/youngsters-warned-the-railway-is-not-a-playground-ahead-of-mid-term/ Children shown playing on train tracks in shocking video SHOCKING footage of youngsters caught on the tracks has prompted the rail industry to urge parents to tell children about the dangers of the railway before the halfway mark. 720 trespassing incidents were recorded in Wales last year. In addition to this, the British Transport Police […]]]>

Children shown playing on train tracks in shocking video

SHOCKING footage of youngsters caught on the tracks has prompted the rail industry to urge parents to tell children about the dangers of the railway before the halfway mark.

720 trespassing incidents were recorded in Wales last year. In addition to this, the British Transport Police (BTP) received several reports of anti-social behaviour, stone throwing and damage to railway property, including newly installed defibrillators.

Officers continue to patrol the network and motion detection cameras have been installed at key locations to resolve the issue.

British Transport Police Inspector Richard Powell explained: “The railway is not a playground. Every time someone steps onto the track they are exposing themselves to serious injuries which change his life.

“We tend to see a spike in cases of juvenile trespassing and anti-social behavior during school holidays. Safety is our top priority and we ask that we all speak to our loved ones to prevent further harm or serious injury.

Emily Coughlin, Community Safety Manager at Network Rail, said: ‘It is illegal to enter the railway, but the fact is that playing on the tracks is incredibly dangerous and can lead to life-changing injuries or even deadly consequences.

“Network Rail and BTP are constantly visiting schools across Wales, educating children about the dangers of the railway, but we also need the help of carers to really get this message across – particularly to the approaching school holidays.”

Karl Gilmore, Director of Rail Infrastructure at Transport for Wales, said: “It is extremely disappointing that within weeks of the first phase of life-saving defibrillators being installed at TfW stations, six have been vandalized and will now need to be removed. repaired.

“Defibrillators are a vital tool for the whole community and this vandalism puts people’s lives at risk.

“Cardiac arrest can happen to people of all ages and using a defibrillator can dramatically increase a person’s chances of survival. It is important that defibrillators are available in key locations, such as train stations, and in good working order.

“We ask anyone who sees a damaged defibrillator to call the British Transport Police immediately.”

Important messages for parents and guardians to share with children:

The rail network is never cut. Electricity feeds the overhead cables 24/7.

Never anticipate the time of the next train. Timetables are subject to change and show passenger services only – freight trains can run at any time of day or night and can travel up to 100mph.

Trespassing is illegal and anyone caught could face a fine of up to £1,000 and end up with a criminal record.

BTP and Network Rail are running a hard-hitting safety campaign – You Vs Train, which highlights the devastating consequences of trespassing on the railway. More information on rail safety can be found here

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Wollongong sites to crack down on anti-social behavior https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/wollongong-sites-to-crack-down-on-anti-social-behavior/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 19:54:49 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/wollongong-sites-to-crack-down-on-anti-social-behavior/ 15 licensed sites in Wollongong are tired of a few bad eggs spoiling others. From today, any patron who behaves inappropriately at participating pubs and clubs across the city and does not leave or displays anti-social or violent behavior will be banned from the venue and from others anywhere between 24 hours and a lifespan […]]]>

15 licensed sites in Wollongong are tired of a few bad eggs spoiling others.

From today, any patron who behaves inappropriately at participating pubs and clubs across the city and does not leave or displays anti-social or violent behavior will be banned from the venue and from others anywhere between 24 hours and a lifespan dependent on the offense.

Ryan Aitchison of the Illawarra Hotel said the “Barred from one, barred from all” initiative is about not letting the actions of a small minority spoil the social experiences of the vast majority.

“We’re just not going to accept bad behavior.

“We need to make sure the consequences are in place for this very small minority of people who don’t know how to behave properly in social settings and ruin other people’s nights,” he said.

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Police will continue to issue $550 fines to people who refuse to comply with places asking them to leave or who exhibit antisocial behavior,” Aitchison said.

“We all have to make sure we’re controlling the chaos and that it’s as safe an environment as possible for everyone to go out and have fun,” he said.

Participating Wollongong sites include;

The Illawarra Hotel, Dicey Rileys Hotel, The Prince, The Howlin Wolf, Pepes on the Beach, TBH, Mr Crown, The Harp, Tusk, North Gong Hotel and others.

Images: Illawarra Hotel and NSW Police

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Carlisle mayor says ‘enough is enough’ after yet more reports of anti-social behavior https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/carlisle-mayor-says-enough-is-enough-after-yet-more-reports-of-anti-social-behavior/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/carlisle-mayor-says-enough-is-enough-after-yet-more-reports-of-anti-social-behavior/ CARLISLE Mayor Pam Birks said “enough is enough” when it comes to anti-social behavior in the city. His comments come after Cumbria Police attended an incident on Monday night in Scotch Street following yet more reports of anti-social behavior and criminal damage. Police were also seen patrolling The Lanes and Globe Street following anti-social behavior […]]]>

CARLISLE Mayor Pam Birks said “enough is enough” when it comes to anti-social behavior in the city.

His comments come after Cumbria Police attended an incident on Monday night in Scotch Street following yet more reports of anti-social behavior and criminal damage.

Police were also seen patrolling The Lanes and Globe Street following anti-social behavior in the area.

Carlisle Mayor Pam Birks believes a ‘zero tolerance’ approach must now be taken to tackle the behavior within the city.

She said: ‘There seems to be an increase in anti-social behavior at the moment and it’s almost as if the police can’t be there all the time.

“In the city center we feel like there are gangs of young people who think they can do whatever they want, so maybe we should have zero tolerance and instead of giving just warnings.

“Maybe we should go further and say enough is enough.

“We’ve been handing out these dispersal orders and all these remedial actions have happened, but maybe with these young people parents should know where they are at night and if they’re not, and that’s going to affect parents pocket so maybe it will make parents more aware of where their kids are or maybe they will have those conversations with their teenager saying ‘look it’s not on “.

“The police are doing their best, but if things don’t work out, maybe we need to be less lenient.

“I would absolutely hate to think there’s going to be a generation of young people with criminal convictions, but maybe that’s where we’ve come to.”

The mayor said she believed many of the problems could be the result of the Covid pandemic, with children not attending school to participate in essential program activities that aim to end anti-social behavior in cities around the world. country.

She said: “I wonder if it’s because the young people who come here have had to deal with Covid and they haven’t been to school to take the citizenship classes on understanding respect and the consequences of their actions.

READ MORE: Police work to tackle anti-social behavior in Carlisle town center

READ MORE: Carlisle Police continue to crack down on anti-social behavior

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Demolition approved for Lansbury Park Surgery in Caerphilly https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/demolition-approved-for-lansbury-park-surgery-in-caerphilly/ Mon, 14 Feb 2022 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/demolition-approved-for-lansbury-park-surgery-in-caerphilly/ DEMOLITION work has been confirmed for a disused medical practice as the vacant site could become a hotspot for anti-social behavior. The surgery closed in 2020 because the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health could not find a replacement for the outgoing doctor. The building has stood empty since then, and there are now fears […]]]>

DEMOLITION work has been confirmed for a disused medical practice as the vacant site could become a hotspot for anti-social behavior.

The surgery closed in 2020 because the Aneurin Bevan University Board of Health could not find a replacement for the outgoing doctor.

The building has stood empty since then, and there are now fears it is ‘falling into disrepair’ and becoming ‘a potential magnet for anti-social behaviour’.

Caerphilly County Borough Council said no potential owners had expressed interest in the vacant property, formerly the Lansbury Park surgery, but promised the local community would ‘play a key role’ in future space planes.

Changing the use of the building and providing other services there was “not considered appropriate…due to its condition and configuration”.

The council said earlier this month that the old surgery could be demolished. A commemorative plaque inside the building will be removed and stored securely until new arrangements are made.

Previously, documents suggested that demolition work would start at the end of March – but the planning application does not specify what the land will be used for once the site is demolished.

The demolition request was submitted by Derwyn Pugh of Kier Construction.

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The council will now consider “future options” for the site and consult with the community on all plans.

“Significant investment has been made in Lansbury Park in recent years as part of a targeted regeneration project, in partnership with residents,” said Shayne Cook, Cabinet Member of Caerphilly Council for Social Care and Housing . “We are committed to ensuring that the local community continues to play a key role in the plans for Lansbury Park and this space.”

Cllr Cook added: “We also acknowledge that this space was also used as a place of remembrance for a tragedy that took place in Lansbury Park a few years ago.

“We would like to offer our assurance that the commemorative plaque currently located in the building will be professionally removed and stored securely, until an alternative location is agreed with the family and the local community.”

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The city hit by a wave of chaos… where something is seriously wrong https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/the-city-hit-by-a-wave-of-chaos-where-something-is-seriously-wrong/ Sat, 12 Feb 2022 21:21:10 +0000 https://www.sociologyesoscience.com/the-city-hit-by-a-wave-of-chaos-where-something-is-seriously-wrong/ Alan Sutcliffe was returning from the pub when he saw flames in the nearby park. Police were on the scene, but Alan says another group was already heading towards the park as he drove away. A wave of anti-social behavior has hit the town of Denton in Tameside in recent months. READ MORE:A police investigation […]]]>

Alan Sutcliffe was returning from the pub when he saw flames in the nearby park.

Police were on the scene, but Alan says another group was already heading towards the park as he drove away.

A wave of anti-social behavior has hit the town of Denton in Tameside in recent months.

READ MORE:A police investigation is underway after a ‘seriously injured’ man was found lying in the middle of a road

At its peak, groups of “30 or 40 young people or so” regularly descended on Crownpoint Shopping Park, particularly outside McDonald’s.

Authorities timed and work intensified in the area. Unruly gatherings have diminished.

But that left a smaller number of people, determined to cause unrest in the community, to disperse to other parts of the city.

Victoria Park – tucked away behind Denton Town Hall and Civic Square near Stockport Road – saw two fires in two days on a busy weekend for police and firefighters.

Trash cans were dragged over the park’s Grade II listed bandstand, which is over 100 years old, and set on fire on January 29 and 30.

Alan saw what happened the second of those days.



The fire of January 30, with the police on the scene

He told the Manchester Evening News “I was coming back from the pub when I saw the fire.

“I went to the second gate, I could see the police were already there and I could hear the fire department coming, they got here pretty quickly.

“As I was coming back there was another group of guys on bikes, going back to the park. Around the area there are a lot of guys on scooters and bikes going around.

“They are lucky. The bandstand is old and the roof is wooden, the heat could have done something if it had been left to burn.



Firefighters and police descended on Victoria Park after a fire at the Bandstand
Firefighters and police descended on Victoria Park after a fire at the Bandstand

“There are a few shops where there is always trash outside – are they going to set them on fire too?”

Alan says the park is a hive of activity in the community – with a nearby center where older residents can meet and enjoy tea and toast.

A number of community groups spend their time volunteering to make the area stand out, such as the Trash Pickers and Friends of Victoria Park, while the Denton Park Social Bowling Club plays on the park’s bocce court.

The Yobs targeted the club last summer – rushing onto the green, doing wheelies on bicycles to trash the lush lawn and hurling abuse at its members.

Other members of the Denton community – including Tameside Youth Services, PCSOs and local politicians – rallied in support of the club following the event.

It’s the same community spirit that has driven Neighborhood Police, Council, voluntary groups and businesses to come together to tackle anti-social behavior in Denton.



‘We expect anti-social behavior from the kids and they get out there and move on – but that seems to be something seriously wrong’ (stock image)

So when club secretary Tony Moran heard about the January 30 arson, he “felt physically ill”.

He said: “We thought the tide had turned, we got a lot of support from the community, but to be honest it set our volunteers back a bit. You think, going back hell.

“Everyone is contributing – but it’s still arson.

“We expect anti-social behavior from the kids and they get over it and move on – but that seems like something really wrong.”

Tony says the park has been a “lifeline” for many in the community during the pandemic, but issues of antisocial behavior have shaken the confidence of some.



It's not the first time the bandstand has been targeted
It’s not the first time the bandstand has been targeted

Both Tony and Alan noted that the gates to the park were open on the evening of the fire, although they had been closed on the evening of last year following a previous wave of anti-social behavior.

Arsonists targeted the Denton Park Social clubhouse in 2018.

Two years ago the park experienced three similar bandstand fires in the space of a month, leading Tony to label Victoria Park a ‘no go zone’ at the time.

As more recently, work was put in place to stem the issue in the community in January 2020.

But turbulent scenes at Crownpoint have since been followed by flashes of anti-social behavior across the city, including “young people throwing bottles” in Civic Square, Tony says.

“I think downtown is getting a reputation as a bed,” he added.

“We have people not walking in the park because of this incident with the youngsters, and it’s sad.

“We want to restore the confidence of some of our elderly residents who want to use the park.

“For our part, we will crack to do what we do.”

The problem of anti-social behavior in Denton is well known to MP Andrew Gwynne.



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Labor MP Andrew Gwynne

He says there has been a ‘massive crackdown’ on the issue at Crownpoint, particularly at McDonald’s, but it has ‘moved’ it to other parts of the city such as Victoria Park.

The Labor MP for Denton said the recent incidents highlight the need to invest in both neighborhood policing and youth services – giving young people something positive to do, while allowing officers to to attack those who intend to wreak havoc.

Andrew said: “The city center is safe overall, but the perception is often very different – when you see kids hanging around and people are worried something is going to happen.

“I get it. That’s why I want the police and youth services to work together, let’s tackle the problem head on, but also advocate for more resources so that the neighborhood police nip this in the bud rather than that. not become a problem.

“It also shows the value of youth work. It’s something that over the last decade has become a Cinderella service.

“It was easy to cut it because it’s not a statutory service, but if you cut work and youth supply at the same time as neighborhood policing you get the perfect storm.”

Andrew notes that the most deprived areas have seen the heaviest cuts to youth services in what has become a “vicious circle”, and believes that investing in young people should be a key part of the ” upgrade” of the government.



The city center is safe overall, but the perception is often very different” (stock image)

“There is no magic money hidden at the town hall,” he added.

Tameside’s new Chief Superintendent Rob Cousen is intent on upending the reputation of Greater Manchester Police among community members, admitting confidence in the force has diminished of late.

He points to the force record in the borough since he took office four months ago – with more than 1,100 arrests and Tameside has seen reductions in a number of different crimes, including anti-social behavior – both as a measure of success and a statement of intent. .

But Chf Supt Cousen admits anti-social behavior at Denton is a key issue.



Chief Superintendent of Tameside, Rob Cousen
Chief Superintendent of Tameside, Rob Cousen

Officers targeted the area outside McDonald’s at Crownpoint, cutting wi-fi and using CCTV to ensure the area no longer attracted loiterers.

The hotspot had attracted groups “of about 30 to 40 people”, says Chf Supt Cousen, but now incidents elsewhere in the city are being carried out by much smaller groups.

The “senseless damage” seen at Victoria Park – with incidents on January 29 and 30 said to be linked – was an issue that had been anticipated by officers following the work at Crownpoint, it adds.

“There’s certainly not a feeling that it’s lawless in Denton,” Superintendent Cousen said.

“The PCSOs and community officers have done an absolutely wonderful job, there is also a lot of work going on with the schools around education.”



Crownpoint Shopping Center (file image)

Chf Supt Cousen says Denton has a great community spirit and a drive to tackle the problem – working with volunteers and businesses.

Events that had dwindled during the pandemic to build trust in the community, like surgeries and neighborhood watch groups, are making a comeback.

Yet while GMP “tries to get people in the right places at the right time”, the force says it depends on community intelligence to get the problem under control.

“We have a small group of young people who intend to provoke anti-social behavior,” added Chf Supt Cousen.

“We will be relentless in prosecuting and deterring them – and if necessary, bringing them to justice.

“We prefer to educate them. We don’t want to criminalize young people but when they trash things that people have put in place, we can’t allow them to do that, we have to do something.”

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