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Council flyer bid to cut town crime

Market Weighton residents are urged to pick up the new flyer and report anti-social behaviour.
Market Weighton residents are urged to pick up the new flyer and report anti-social behaviour.

Market Weighton Town Council is embarking on a new campaign to combat the growing problem of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The council, which has been concerned about the amount of vandalism and poor behaviour for quite some time, has produced a flyer urging residents to report any instances of criminal activity.

The new flyer created by Market Weighton Town Council.

The new flyer created by Market Weighton Town Council.

The flyers contain all the key information to report any anti-social behaviour.

The latest figures released by Humberside Police show that criminal damage is up 100% year-on-year with 92 cases between June 2017 and June 2018, as opposed to 46 cases between June 2016 and June 2017.

There were 138 cases of anti-social behaviour between June 2017 and June 2018, up from 87 cases – a rise of 58.6%.

Town Mayor, Councillor Nigel Botting, said: “Given the dreadful spate of vandalism and anti-social behaviour that Market Weighton is suffering currently, the town council has produced a flyer for residents to keep by their phones.

“This flyer can be collected from the Town Hall, East Riding Customer Service Centre/Library and various other locations throughout the town.

“The more reports that the police and East Riding Yorkshire Council receive, the greater the possibility there is of action being taken.

“Residents are urged to take a flyer home and don’t just talk about it – please report it!”

Police officers in Market Weighton are regularly operating high visibility patrols in the town in an attempt to halt anti-social behaviour.

These patrols include regular checks on the High Street and peripheral areas of Londesborough Road Car Park, Scotts Croft Memorial Park, the town council building area and the area surrounding the Giant Bradley statue (periodic reports of youths causing annoyance).

Officers are continuing patrols in the areas of Aspen Close, the park, the monkey run and football field due to regular reports of low level anti-social behaviour.

A police spokesman said: “Criminal offenders will be challenged robustly, arrested or reported for summons.

“Penalty Notices for disorder or warning letters may be used in appropriate cases however, those who offend should expect to be arrested and dealt with if their anti social behaviour amounts to criminal offending.

“Hotspot areas will be checked regularly and any drivers using their cars to cause alarm or distress through anti-social behaviour will be considered for warnings and possible seizure of their vehicles under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.”

Residents are urged to call 01482 396380 or the non-emergency number 101 to report anti-social behaviour.