Figures provided by Humberside Police show a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour following an intervention by local MP Graham Stuart and Minster and Woodmansey ward councillors Kerri Harold and David Elvidge.
The recently reported anti-social behaviour crime figures from January 2023 figures show a 65% reduction on the previous year in Beverley.
In 2022, the local MP chaired two public meetings on anti-social behaviour on St Nicholas Green, Beverley, which were attended by representatives of the local neighbourhood watch, ward councillors Kerri Harold and David Elvidge, Jo Ramsay from the Cherry Tree Centre in Beverley, Sgt Sophie Kemp from Humberside Police, and an officer from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The MP and ward councillors hosted the meetings following concerns from residents that anti-social behaviour on Grovehill Road was getting out of control.
Following the meetings, Humberside Police agreed to more patrols in the area and residents were encouraged to report all incidents of anti-social behaviour. The crime figures from Humberside Police indicate the initiative was a success and led to a real reduction in reported anti-social behaviour.
Graham said “I know many residents were concerned about anti-social behaviour and I am pleased that with my excellent councillor colleagues Kerri Harold and David Elvidge, we acted. The figures from Humberside Police show that our intervention was effective, and I would like to thank the police for their hard work and dedication to stamp out this problem.”
Ward councillor Kerri Harold said “Everyone has the right to feel safe in their local area and that is why I worked with the community, council officers, and the police to get more police patrols for the Grovehill Road area. I am pleased to see a 65% year-on-year reduction in anti-social behaviour and I won’t hesitate to act again if the problems return.”
Ward councillor David Elvidge said “Speaking to residents, I know the impact anti-social behaviour can have on people. It was right that we organised public meetings and I am delighted to see from these figures that there has been a positive change in our area.”
YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that more than half of people (57%) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community. However, after they witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar proportion of the public (53%) said that they did not report it to anyone.