New anti-social behaviour hotline for Shropshire

A new partnership has begun to help tackle anti-social behaviour across Shropshire.

The Safer Stronger Communities Partnership is made up of several organisations including West Mercia Police and Shropshire Council.

It has set up a dedicated telephone number for people to call to report incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The organisations have also created a team to give help and advice where additional resources are required.

"This team will be used where appropriate to help ongoing investigations or to start new investigations where requested, providing support when necessary," a council spokesman said.

'Response more effective'

Councillor Steve Charmley, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said there was no "one-size fits all solution" to anti-social behaviour.

"It should be recognised that anti-social behaviour differs from place to place.

"For instance, in one neighbourhood, people will be concerned about off-road motorbikes, in another vandalism and graffiti, and street dealing and drug taking in another.

"A significant number of anti-social behaviour incidents require a multi-agency response to resolve the issue.

"There is no one service area or contact point where incidents affecting victims can be reported, the issues cross over many different services and this single point of contact will make our response much more effective."

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