“We want a safe community… we will not tolerate unruly behavior” – Tameside cops send “strong message” as they seek to tackle downtown crime

A warning is being issued to those causing unrest in Tameside town centers that it will not be tolerated.

Visible community policing is reinforced in the district, especially in known hot spots of antisocial behavior.

Those locations include downtown Ashton, where agents conducted a weekend operation earlier this month.

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This comes in the wake of the easing of Covid restrictions, with fears that unruly behavior has surfaced in areas like downtown Ashton, with a pullback against authority seen in some people.

Chief Inspector Lee Broadstock, head of the neighborhood police in Tameside, told the Manchester Evening News : “We want a safe community and safe spaces for people to shop.

Ashton Market is one of the known hot spots of antisocial behavior in Tameside

“Business owners shouldn’t have to endure antisocial behavior because people don’t respect others.

“We are sending a strong message to the Ashton community that we will not tolerate unruly behavior.”

Following the easing of restrictions on coronaviruses, officers should be more visible in key locations in the borough.

This is a priority for Chief Constable Stephen Watson and Tameside Superintendent Chris Foster, both of whom are new recruits to the Greater Manchester Police from the South Yorkshire Police.


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The focus will be on more proactive police, such as stopping searches and days of action for city centers.

This month’s operation in Ashton saw eight arrests made for various offenses, including shoplifting, possession of cannabis and drinking and driving.

Chf Insp Broadstock says this is something the whole community will need to get used to as they get through quieter days of the pandemic.

He said: “Where more people congregate in places, you have to expect the police levels to be appropriate for that.

Police should be more visible on the streets of Tameside
Police should be more visible on the streets of Tameside

“Downtown Ashton has always had more noticeable high-visibility police departments because it’s a high traffic area. The market area is very busy and we have more officers in that particular area.

“But what was probably most noticeable was that during the lockdown, the city center was deserted. It’s really noticeable with people heading back to the city center – what happened was the alcohol consumption on the street and antisocial behavior, leading to crime.

“Because there was a break between the old normal, locking in and mixing in spaces, I think we certainly see a lack of consideration for others – a lack of understanding of what is acceptable and what is acceptable. who is not.”

Knife crime, drug-related activity, and intoxicated and disorderly behavior are the types of offenses officers seek to root out in the borough.

Chf Insp Broadstock says there has been a change in attitude among some residents since the start of the pandemic – and he hopes people will become more respectful of others.

He added: “Some people have responded very well to the restrictions, but I think there is definitely an element of the community that we deal with more often that seems to have gone to the other extreme.

“’No one can tell me what to do’ – this feeling of disrespect for authority, this feeling of ‘anti-vax’. There is currently a push against authority that some people have clung to.

“If a PCSO says you can’t drink here, they say, ‘I can do whatever I want.’ There’s more of that attitude. It’s just a part of society that we shouldn’t tolerate, but which we understand as we go through life. “

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