Anti-social behaviour has reduced in Hemswell Cliff thanks to multi-agency approach

Engaging with the community and building relationships has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in Hemswell Cliff. EMN-190215-170005001
Engaging with the community and building relationships has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in Hemswell Cliff. EMN-190215-170005001

Engaging with the community and building relationships has helped to reduce anti-social behaviour in Hemswell Cliff.

Significant work has taken place since last summer, involving PC Stephen Toyn, Lincolnshire County Council and West Lindsey District Council.

This has led to a reduction in anti-social behaviour, with just one incident recorded in December and two in January.

In May last year, the Rasen Mail spoke to Hemswell Cliff Parish Council chairman Graham Prestwood after a gang of ‘feral kids’ were terrorising residents.

According to Coun Prestwood, gang members were smashing windows, jumping on cars, starting fires, throwing metal bars and vandalising property.

Since then, PC Toyn has spent a significant amount of time working in Hemswell Cliff to improve the situation.

He said: “I believe Hemswell Cliff is now definitely a better place to live.

“Anti-social behaviour and crime incidents have declined, the residents are working together more closely, and I now see children out playing on the parks. “When I started this role in June 2018 the parks were empty and not in use, which was sad to see.

“By having the Positive Futures team and the other partner agencies come along to Hemswell Cliff we have been able to get the children and young adults to work together.

“They have been able to bond, build relationships, play together and interact in a positive way.

“The parish council and primary school have helped by allowing Positive Futures to use the ball courts and, now the darker nights are here, use of the hall within the school.

“West Lindsey District Council has also made a positive impact on the appearance of the village. They have removed old dumped items, cut back hedges, tidied up foot paths and alley ways, fixed street lights and pot holes.”

The news has been welcomed by Graham Prestwood.

Coun Prestwood added: “What has been done at Hemswell Cliff has been done well and we are grateful for it.”

“All the agencies have done what they can. It’s working: it’s giving young people something to do and getting them engaged.

“In terms of crime figures, it’s had a massive effect.”

West Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council are also pleased with the progress that has been made.

Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan, from West Lindsey District Council, said: “The work done in Hemswell Cliff has been attracting young people and occupying them, which has led to a significant reduction in anti-social behaviour.”

David Sampher, from Lincolnshire County Council, ended: “The approach in Hemswell Cliff is an excellent example of how strong partnership work can make a significant difference and lead to many positive outcomes for young people and community alike.”