A multi-agency operation to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour and drinking around Grimsby’s Riverhead has seen initial success following the first few weeks of patrols.
Joint patrols by North East Lincolnshire Council and its partner ENGIE, Humberside Police and Foundations drug and alcohol services were carried out in response to reports of drugs, alcohol and anti-social behaviour in the area.
After only a week of patrols, Foundations drug and alcohol services saw an increase in referrals for people to use their services.
Groups of people associated with cases of anti-social behaviour and drug and alcohol use were given warnings, with 15 people receiving verbal warnings and four individuals being issued with community protection warning letters.
A security guard has also been stationed inside the Riverhead Exchange building on a temporary basis.
The work has led to a visible reduction in the presence of suspicious individuals in the town centre area.
Councillor David Bolton, portfolio holder for safer communities and public protection, said: “The Council and our partners in Foundations and the Police want to work with these individuals to help them to make positive changes to their lifestyles.
“They don’t need drugs or alcohol to survive, and the Council’s Wellbeing Service and Foundations offer people free support to help confront drug and alcohol-related problems.
“Equally, addictions aren’t something that can be fixed overnight. People can become dependent on drugs and alcohol for a number of reasons.
“We don’t want local people to become embroiled in criminal processes. I would urge these individuals, their friends and families to work with us and make the first positive steps.”
Police Sergeant Darryl Caroline said: “Police PCSO’s have been visiting and engaging with local businesses, the bus drivers, and members of the community whilst this work has been going on, and that will continue.
“Over the Christmas period, there will be an increased police presence but that isn’t anything for people to be concerned about.
“The town centre of Grimsby is a safe place.”
Majella Dean, Service Manager at Foundations drug and alcohol service, said: “Since the joint operations started, and in conjunction with the media coverage about the work we are doing, we’ve seen an increase in referrals and self-referrals to our services.
“People are opting to make positive steps towards a better future, without being reliant on drugs and alcohol to get them through the day.”
To report an incident of anti-social behaviour, call the Police non-emergency line on 101, or visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/report-it.