ASB Awareness Week video: 'Out of Darkness'

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According to a YouGov poll, more than half the people questioned – 56% - think more needs to be done to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB). A similar proportion of the public (57%) said that they did not report it to anyone.

Former ‘Loose Women’ host and TV cop Lisa Maxwell presents a short film that gives advice to people suffering in the face of prolonged anti-social behaviour. In a case of art imitating life, the five minute video funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, is the latest project financed through the Government’s Safer Streets Fund aimed at tackling the culture of ASB and male violence and intimidation against women and girls.

Retired Detective Inspector DI Blandford, Gloucestershire’s Anti-Social Behaviour Case Review Coordinator said: “ASB is described in law as anything that causes harassment, alarm or distress and is directed at people or places. However, as the research shows, people either fail to report it, or, feel it’s not taken seriously enough when they do.

“That’s why there is now a countywide team of dedicated council case workers, police officers and PCSOs, working together under the name of ‘Solace’ to resolve complaints of high and medium level ASB. And if that doesn’t work, victims can ask for a review in which they can put their case.

“The video is a step-by-step guide to what happens during that process”.

Gloucestershire PCC Chris Nelson said: “It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”