Tough court orders have now been imposed on seven young people as part of our continued efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour on Grimsby’s Nunsthorpe estate – and two more are in the pipeline.
Our teams have been working hard to clamp down on the group, who had been congregating by the shops in Second Avenue and Sutcliffe Avenue, threatening and abusing people passing by.
Since the group – who are aged between 10 and 15-years-old – have been made subject to Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) the feedback from residents in the area is that it’s made a real difference.
And today Sergeant Darryl Caroline is warning that similar steps will be taken against anyone else whose actions make their neighbours’ lives a misery.
He said: “There’s a brilliant community of people living and working in the Nunsthorpe area who are rightly proud of their estate and love living there.
“However, there were a small minority of people who seem to want to spoil it for the rest of the residents and we won’t stand for that.
“We’ve been working with Lincolnshire Housing Partnership and North East Lincolnshire Council to secure ABCs against those who have been causing problems, which could result in their parents being taken to court and held to account if they don’t change their behaviour.”
The orders prevent the group from acting or encouraging others to:
- Cause a nuisance or disturbance
- Engage in antisocial or threatening behaviour
- Congregate in groups of four or more
- Verbally abuse any person, or use racially or sexually offensive language
- Set fires
- Climb on, trespass in or cause damage to any building (empty of occupied), street furniture or vehicle
Sgt Caroline added: “If they chose to ignore the terms, it could even lead to their whole family having to leave the area, as their tenancy agreement could be terminated.”
Our teams working in the area have also recently seized six mopeds and motorbikes which were being ridden dangerously or antisocially.
Sgt Caroline said: “When bikes are being ridden recklessly – often by those without a licence, insurance or any protective gear – the riders not only risk injuring themselves but innocent bystanders too.
“If they don’t have the bikes then they can’t cause a problem, so we’re doing a lot of work to track down where they are being stored so we can go and get them.
“One of the best ways you can help us in taking these bikes off the roads is to let us know where they are being kept.
“One of the latest bikes we’ve seized was recovered after we shared an appeal on My Community Alert and you came back to us with information about where it was being kept – so your assistance really can make a big difference.”
If you have concerns about antisocial behaviour or information about where a nuisance bike is being stored, drop into Cromwell Road or Victoria Street police station and let us know.
Alternatively, you can call our non-emergency 101 line or, if you’d rather remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
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