Police appeal for help to prevent antisocial behaviour
PUBLISHED: 06:54 15 November 2018
Police in Nailsea are urging the community to help run sessions for youngsters on Friday nights to prevent antisocial behaviour.
Nailsea was blighted by underage drinking, drug-taking and criminal damage last year and police officers are determined to stamp out further offences by giving young people something to do.
Officers teamed up with community groups to run sports taster sessions and barbecues every Friday in Millennium Park and they also launched a reward scheme.
The scheme led to a huge drop in antisocial behaviour, but Sergeant Mark Raby has warned police officers will not be able to give up the same amount of time to the initiative next year and he is calling on the public for support.
Speaking at Nailsea Town Council meeting on November 7, he said: “In 2017, Nailsea got absolutely battered as far as antisocial behaviour was concerned.
“Fridays were the busiest evenings with lots of antisocial behaviour and a lot of youngsters came over on the train from Bristol and Weston causing chaos.
“This year, from the start of Easter, every Friday we did something in the park.
“We had the police van with the Xbox, barbecues and a lot of organisations, including football and rugby clubs and the Royal Marines came along.
“My team changed their shifts and cancelled their weekends to support me and the Nailsea community which helped.
“As a result, antisocial behaviour has dropped significantly.
“We don’t want to rest on our laurels and we want to build on what we did this year.
“We want to do something again but would like to involve members of the community and councillors as well so we can take this forward.
“We are looking to start a street warden project – like the street pastors – but Nailsea-led.
“A few of the teenagers who didn’t want to be around the police decided to go elsewhere to Nowhere Woods and other parks which caused a bit of damage.
“We want to stamp on that by bringing in a warden scheme.
“If we don’t do something next year I’m scared we are going to get a repeat of 2017 and I don’t want it.”
Nailsea town councillors agreed to meet with Sgt Raby in the new year to discuss the project.