New Action Group on Anti-Social Behaviour

Partnership between police and community to tackle "yob culture"

A community crackdown on anti-social behaviour is being extended to target public menaces in the local area.

Following the success of the Feltham Anti-Social Behaviour Action Group, a new group has been established, covering the Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth areas.

The multi-agency groups will target those responsible for graffiti, drunk and disorderly behaviour, verbal abuse, racial and other harassment, intimidating behaviour, misconduct in public spaces, drug dealing, property damage, and other anti-social behaviour.

Hounslow Council�s Executive Member for community cohesion and community safety, Cllr Amrit Mann, said the Feltham group had proven extremely successful since it was established six months ago, with orders issued against three individuals.

In August, 19-year-old John-Paul Brewster, of Hanworth, was issued Hounslow�s first ever anti-social behaviour order on the back of a string of convictions including criminal damage, assault, theft, and drug possession. He later breached the order, which banned him from entering the Hanworth area, and received a three-month jail sentence. In September, orders were issued against two juveniles.

�We are closing the net on public menaces who have continued to wreak havoc for too long,� Cllr Mann said.

�Residents should not be forced to put up with such destructive behaviour from an inconsiderate few. We are sending a clear message that repetitive anti-social behaviour will no longer be tolerated."

Hounslow Borough Liaison Officer, Chief Inspector Wynne Jones, said he hoped the new groups would match the "great success" of the Feltham group.

�I am convinced that this partnership will make a great difference to the lives of residents within the borough,� Chief Inspector Jones said. �There is much more consultation around the individual. We are also hoping to develop a stronger support network for those committing anti-social behaviour to help break the pattern.�

October 17, 2003

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