West Lindsey pilot scheme announced in new crime bill

A scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour that was piloted in West Lindsey has been included in the crime bill announced during the Queen’s speech in parliament.

The Community Trigger scheme gives power to residents or businesses that have complained about three incidents of the same anit-social behaviour within 12 months.

They can ‘activate’ the trigger to make sure police, councils and housing providers work together to try to resolve their complaints.

West Lindsey District Council and Boston Borough Council jointly received £12,000 Home Office funding for the pilot.

The money was used for a database that allows various agencies to share information, particularly about repeat and vulnerable victims.

Lincolnshire Police, ACIS Housing Group and WLDC have resolved four cases where the Community Trigger was activated.

WLDC head of localism Jo Riddell said: “Our second trigger involved a vulnerable victim who had mental health needs. We worked together to devise an action plan which involved mediation between the victim and those involved. Because the anti-social behaviour in itself was low-level, this problem may not have been resolved without the Community Trigger.”