Crackdown on antisocial behaviour sees joint effort by police and council

ANTISOCIAL behaviour in Priory Park will be targeted in a new joint operation by Chichester police and Chichester District Council.

Following a number of complaints about antisocial behaviour of young people in the park, the police have teamed up with the district council’s community safety team to try to crack down on incidents.

A police spokeswoman said the scheme hoped to encourage young people to better respect their local parks.

As part of the scheme, police and council staff will be at the park on Thursday, July 11, from 4pm to 6pm to give out information on alcohol use, domestic violence and bike marking.

The spokeswoman said young people would be reminded to consider the impact their behaviour had on other park users.

In addition, as part of the list of goals for the project, people will be reminded to

- Take litter home or use bins provided.

- Be careful when playing ball games.

- Understand drinking alcohol is not permitted by under 18s and will be confiscated by police. There is also a designated public places order for the park allowing police to confiscate alcohol if there is alcohol-related anti-social behaviour or police believe alcohol could lead to such behaviour.

- Be respectful when using the public toilets – sometimes fires have been set in the toilets, which police said would damage damage the building and endanger life.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, district council cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services said: “Priory Park is really well used and we know that these anti-social incidents are caused by a small minority of young people and not the majority of people.

“We are not trying to spoil people’s fun but we hope that young people will think about their behaviour and how it impacts on other park users.

“The park is a wonderful area and a lot of work goes into making sure it is special for everyone. Most of all we want everyone to enjoy time in the park but not to the detriment of other users.”