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Suffolk police, councils and businesses join seminar to tackle anti-social behaviour

A conference aimed at helping businesses tackle anti -social behaviour has been held in Ipswich.

The Building Safer and Thriving Communities event featured experts from Suffolk Police, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Co-op Secure Response, part of the East of England Co-op.

Those attending were given advice on cost effective solutions to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Those taking part in theBuilding Safer and Thriving Communities seminar (6961786)
Those taking part in theBuilding Safer and Thriving Communities seminar (6961786)

Suffolk Police’s Superintendent Kerry Cutler stressed the importance of people coming forward when encountering such behaviour. “When people report it, it helps us to make decisions about how to prioritise and deploy our resources. However policing alone will not solve crime and anti-social behaviour. It takes a partnership and the local community working together.”

Suffolk High Sheriff George Vestey added: “We are all part of the community and we all have to do our bit.

"Having more people who step up and become part of the force for good within the community and creating better links between partners will be key in tackling anti-social behaviour."

Claire Prosser, Suffolk County Council locality officer, said a recent survey of Year 6 students showed they felt anxious about anti-social behaviour by adults.

Representatives from the YMCA highlighted its Positive Behaviour Project for young people at risk of or involved in anti-social behaviour.

This offers young people the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities and learn about being a positive part o the community, diverting them from negative behaviours and setting them on the right path."

A survey by the Co-op Secure Response group showed 45 per cent of businesses felt anti-social behaviour was a growing problem in Suffolk while two fifths of those questioned had experienced such behaviour in the last year.

More information about the conference and help reporting incidents can be found at www.secureresponse.coop/community

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