New powers for victims of anti-social behaviour
by Colne Life magazine
Pendle residents who’ve been victims of anti-social behaviour can now trigger a review of their case if they feel more could be done to stop the problem.
Called the Community Trigger, it’s a key part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
It’s a way that members of the public can ask Pendle Community Safety Partnership to review their responses to complaints of anti-social behaviour.
It gives victims, whose problems aren’t being resolved, another opportunity to get help.
Councillor David Whipp, Chairman of Pendle Community Safety Partnership, welcomes this new power.
He said: “Pendle Council and Pendle Community Safety Partnership have an excellent track record in responding to anti-social behaviour and supporting victims.
“But this new approach provides a safety net to ensure those who may feel their voice is going unheard to get their case reviewed.”
Tim Horsley, Pendle Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator for Pendle Council, added: “There are already many ways to report anti-social behaviour for the first time to the Council, police, housing providers and our other partners.
“Together we’re always victim focused in our response.
“But the Community Trigger is there if residents feel we are not working together as well as we could to resolve complaints of anti-social behaviour.”
Cases to be reviewed will need to involve one of the following:
- three or more complaints in the last six months from one individual about the same problem
- five individuals complaining about the same or similar incidents in the last six months
- one incident motivated by hate in the last six months from one individual.
For more information about the Community Trigger, go to the Council’s website – www.pendle.gov.uk/communitytrigger or contact Tim on (01282) 661280.