Anti social behaviour crackdown praised

A PROJECT to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Ipswich has been praised by the Government.Forms to report incidents have been placed in the town's high schools, sports centres, housing offices, libraries, the Job Centre, Citizens' Advice Bureau, the police station and Civic Centre.

A PROJECT to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Ipswich has been praised by the Government.

Forms to report incidents have been placed in the town's high schools, sports centres, housing offices, libraries, the Job Centre, Citizens' Advice Bureau, the police station and Civic Centre.

The town's 30 Co-op stores have now joined the campaign, a joint initiative between Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk police, to target offenders.

Andy Solomon, anti-social behaviour manager of the Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership, said: "People suffering as a result of anti-social behaviour can collect a form and a prepaid envelope from any of these locations.

"These forms, which can be filled in anonymously if preferred, are sent to the anti-social behaviour network (ASB).

"The information on these forms will allow us to track those responsible for anti-social behaviour so that action can be taken."

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The partnership received a boost yesterday with the announcement that the Ipswich & Norwich Co-op was signing up to support the Safer Ipswich initiatives.

Bill Knowles, assistant general manager for the Co-op, said: "If we all ensure that the authorities have information about offensive behaviour as soon as it happens and with as much detail as possible, they will be aware of the individuals and areas where there are frequent problems. This way we can help them to deal with those responsible."

The move brought an immediate message of support from the Home Office.

Louise Casey, director of the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, said: "This partnership between the Ipswich and Norwich Co-op and Ipswich Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership will help people come forward to tackle and not tolerate anti-social behaviour.

"The Co-op is at the heart of the community and by working together, this initiative is a great example of how our national TOGETHER campaign can be turned into local action on the ground to bring real improvements to people's lives."

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