Swinemoor residents are working together with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Around 30 people including residents, police officers and councillors took time out of their day on Friday to meet Graham on St Nicholas Green in Beverley to find ways to make their community a better and safer place to live.
Figures show there has been a reduction in the number of incidents since the meetings Graham held with the police and the community last summer on this issue.
With the long summer nights approaching, Graham wants to highlight that anti-social behaviour should be reported to the police, ideally as it is happening.
During the meeting last Friday he heard from residents of anti-social behaviour such as marijuana smoking, stones being thrown at cars and intimidating behaviour. While residents welcomed the police presence at the meeting and their increased visibility in the streets, they want it to be easier to report crimes and to have faith in action being taken when they do so.
At the end of the meeting residents and the police agreed it was important crimes are reported as they are taking place so police can respond. It is also important to residents that the police have visibility on the streets.
The police have committed to continue to work with local organisations such as the Cherry Tree Centre to increase the number of opportunities available for young people in the area. One way they are already doing this is through the weekly Twilight Football session, which is attended by up to 80 people a week.
Inspector Rob Danby and Sergeant Sophie Kemp of Humberside Police commented: "Beverley has seen a sustained fall in reports of anti-social behaviour over the last 12 months by around 50% as of April this year but listening to residents today we should not be complacent.
“Work is ongoing through the Beverley Joint Youth Partnership to address the causes of anti-social behaviour and I urge local residents to continue to report incidents of anti-social behaviour when they happen so that my team can deal with these positively.
“It is only by working with the community and our local partners that we can continue to reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour in Beverley."
Beverley and Holderness MP Graham Stuart said: “There is nothing more powerful than when a community comes together to tackle a common issue.
“The message is clear: if you see someone smoking marijuana, doing graffiti or intimidating their neighbours, don’t wait, report it. It’s through telling police about anti-social behaviour when it's happening that they can help us put a stop to it.
“Anti-social behaviour makes everyone’s life worse and I am looking forward to hearing back from residents about how this strong partnership between the community and police keeps anti-social behaviour down as it has done in the past.”