Essex: Victims can request anti-social behaviour review under new scheme
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Victims of persistent anti-social behaviour in Essex can now request a review of their case if they feel not enough has been done.
The new initiative was launched yesterday by the Safer Essex Partnership in conjunction with each district and unitary council in the county.
Victims can request a review if they have suffered three or more incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the past six months and feel no action has been taken by police or council partners.
In the case of hate crime, only one incident is required.
If victims are unhappy with the result of the review they can appeal to the chairman of their local community safety partnership, and the police and crime commissioner’s office will also be notified.
Nicola Beach, chairman of Safer Essex, said: “I’m delighted that the ASB Case Review is being introduced across all parts of Essex.
“We know that cases of repeat, persistent, ASB can blight people’s lives.
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“We also know that it is in those persistent cases where sadly, on rare occasions, serious harm can occur.
“ASB Case Review will provide victims of repeat ASB with the opportunity to have their case reviewed where the victim considers no action has been taken, and to see if there are additional actions that could be undertaken to help support the victim and resolve the bad behaviour.
“A new ASB Case Review panel will work together to try and reach an agreeable outcome.
“Responding to and tackling ASB and hate motivated incidents is a top priority for Essex and I welcome this new step to improving the quality of life of people in communities across our county.”
Andy Wright, chairman of the Braintree Community Safety Partnership, said: “The ASB Case Review gives victims and communities the right to request a review of their case in the event that they do not feel action has been taken in relation to their complaint.
“We recognise the importance of tackling anti-social behaviour head on, and the ASB Case Review gives additional reassurance to residents.
“We are working closely with Safer Essex, the police and partners to implement the legislation.”
Details of how reviews will be implemented in each area are available on the relevant council’s website.