Frank Field MP
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A new policy on antisocial behaviour


A new policy has been tried out in Manchester to help people combat anti-social behaviour. And it is one we should seriously think about pursuing in Birkenhead.

The Community Trigger, as it is called, gives residents the power to probe the authorities’ responses to complaints of anti-social behaviour in their area.

One of the things that most annoys residents in Birkenhead is that once they have phoned up to report an incident in their street, they might not necessarily see any action from the police or the antisocial behaviour team.

Through the Community Trigger, members of the public are able to request a review, either through contacting their police station, housing association or the council directly, or through a dedicated phone line and e-mail address.

Such a review can be requested by anybody who has already submitted at least three reports against a person within the previous six months, or if there have been at least five reports from a number of people within the same period, and they feel their complaints have not been properly dealt with.

After being tried out in Manchester, the scheme is now to be made available across the country. I pushed for this reform under the last government to give more power to residents to take perpetrators to court and have them bound over to keep the peace.

If we are to turn the tide against the yobs who strike fear into our communities, might this be one of our key weapons to hold the authorities to account over how quickly they respond to residents’ concerns?

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