Anti-Social Behaviour - Kingston Gardens:
There has been a recent increase in A.S.B and drug use in the area of Kingston Gardens and Kingston Woods. This area is also known locally as The Waterworks. This whole area consists of a large field, childrens play area (park) and a wooded area which is divided by a lane which leads to residential properties. The area attracts alot of families, dog walkers and children of all ages. Unfortunately though in more recent times we have seen an increase in large groups of teenagers gathering on the field and in the wooded area where there is occasional clear evidence of drug use and consumption of alcohol.
Youths have also been camping out in the wooded area and started small bonfires, play loud music and generally causing A.S.B. We have now identified this as one of our key community priorities and we are targeting the area with dedicated high visibility patrols where we will engage with youths in the area, explain the issues we are having with litter, drugs, alcohol etc and identify any possible offenders wherever possible. On the evening of 04/07/20 we located three 14 year old girls in the woods who had open vessels of alcohol and who were cleraly in drink. We seized this from them, obtained their details and conducted visits to their parents. We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour which has a big impact on local residents and the wider community. We will also deal positively with those using drugs in the area when identified.
As part of our approach to tackling this issue we will also conduct plain clothes patrols in the area as well as seperate high visibility patrols and target those who cause us issues in this area. We will also follow this up with home visits where necessary and referrals to drug and/or alcohol misuse partner agencies. We will work closely with the council to try and take a multi-agency approach to make this a nicer and safer environment for everybody who visits the location.