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Council debate on Anti Social Behaviour and how we might tackle eggs thrown at peoples houses

Council debate on Anti Social Behaviour and how we might tackle eggs thrown at peoples houses
Dale Heenan
  • On March 20, 2012
Over the last few weeks I have heard from several residents in Covingham and Liden who have had eggs thrown at their home’s. Egg throwing is mindless behaviour that seems to pop up at Easter and Halloween time, and I just don’t understand what makes youths do it.

After a good chat with the local Police Officer on this issue, I know how difficult task it is for the Council and Police to stop this kind of behaviour from happening. Lots of evidence of Anti-social Behaviour is required before they can successfully obtain Acceptable Behaviour Contracts or ASBO’s, and that can be very frustrating for local residents who want to see action. It is a nuisance that can ruin someones day, but rarely does it stray into criminal charges so what can be done?

Cllr Richard Hurley and I have called a Council debate on the topic of anti-social behaviour.

Zero tolerance must be shown so that it doesn’t get out of hand, but perhaps the Council and Police can tackle the contributing factors before incidents actually occur?

We want to see whether it is possible for the joint Police and Council Community Safety teams can work with local shops to reduce the opportunities for anti-social behaviour within the local community, and encourage shops in responsible commercial behaviour on everything from underage selling of alcohol and cigarettes to egg throwing.

Could Community payback be better used to make visible punishments? Could someone under 16 caught throwing eggs at houses find it more difficult, or even banned, from buying eggs in the future without an adult present or the sale being part of a normal weekly shop?

I don’t know the answers but I would sure as hell like to find out what can be done, and it is good to have a debate.

The Council Motion I have proposed, and seconded by Cllr Richard Hurley is:

This Council welcomes the continued close partnership with Wiltshire Police to tackle anti-social behavour, and hopes that the merger of the Council and Police Community Safety teams will continue to strengthen and support co-ordinated action.

This Council notes that:

  • Complaints about anti-social behaviour are of great concern and nuisance to local residents, and everything possible must be done to tackle the problem and any contributing factors
  • The Police, Community Safety and Trading Standards teams work with shops to tackle anti-social and criminal behaviour through schemes like Challenge 21 on the sale of underage alcohol.
  • During periods of increased complaints about issues, like egg throwing around Easter and Halloween, the Police may informally ask shops to restrict suspicious sales of items.
  • The ongoing success, and popularity, of Swindon Council’s Trading Standard “Scores on the Doors” scheme for food outlets.

This Council requests that the Leader of the Council presents a Cabinet report within six months investigating:

  • How the new joint community safety team could work with local shops and the Federation of Small Business to help reduce the opportunities for anti-social behaviour within the local community. For example, youths throwing eggs at houses to intimidating behaviour outside local shops.
  • The approach taken by other Local Authorities to encourage and assist shops in responsible commercial behaviour.
  • Whether a retail version of “Scores on the Doors”, a Swindon Responsible\Reputable Retailer Scheme or a voluntary Code of Practice should be setup to

a) provide Shops with a single source of information covering all their legal obligations on the sale of age related products

b) highlight those exemplar retailers doing everything they can to support the Police, Community Safety Teams and local communities on reducing the opportunity for anti-social behaviour and nuisance problems.

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