ASB, Rough sleeping and begging issues in Hull City Centre
March saw us begin work on Operation Luscombe in Hull City Centre.
The aim is to deal with offending through offering support to those that need it through an established intervention hub in the city, whereby individuals can receive to bespoke help and deal with the issues they have contributing to them to committing ASB, the purpose is to reduce offending and give respite to the community affected by the behaviour of those that are persistently behaving in an antisocial manner. It also allows us to deal with people through a structured framework with support at one end and enforcement at the other,. The legislation for this operation is from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
We are continuing to make use of the Humber Talking Community POD which has been located at the old BHS store entrance, and we are having lots of visitors in to speak with us about what we are doing in the city centre and how happy they are with our continued presence, it is staffed daily between 8am - 4pm most days. It supports us and our partners in our response to tackling ASB in the city centre by providing a regular visible presence.
We continue to address issues of rough sleepers and attend the Rough Sleeper Action group, every 2 weeks. We set actions during every meeting to tackle ASB and reduce Rough Sleeping in the City Centre, and calls to service regarding these individuals. We also chair meetings with local businesses to discuss how to deal with issues affecting their business to ensure that the City Centre remains attractive to businesses, new and old. We also patrol the City Centre on a daily basis, tackling the ASB, rough sleeping and begging issues, by referring individuals to the correct services and dealing positively when diversion fails.
We regularly check on people to ensure that they are as healthy as can be expected in the circumstances and not in need of immediate medical care and attention. We discuss the ASB, rough sleeping and begging issues in the City Centre, with a number of agencies and services, such as Hull City Council, Renew, Humberside Fire and rescue and Emmaus among others.
We are continuing to help partner agencies identify the location of vulnerable people or people at risk; provide people sleeping rough with information on how to access specialist services and accommodation. We are also working with partner agencies to find solutions for long-term homelessness cases and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour sometimes associated with rough sleeping.