Published: Thursday 22 July 2021

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can take many shapes and forms and can cause distress to anyone who experiences it. This has most certainly been the case at Dean Row in Wilmslow, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire John Dwyer has vowed to crack down on the issues.

This week, 19th – 25th July 2021, marks Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) awareness week, and since coming into office, Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer has been meeting with people from around the county who have shared their experiences of how ASB has been affecting them.

The Commissioner has heard stories of fly tipping, graffiti, excessive noise and unacceptable behaviour which has caused upset and distress to people in the local community. Tackling ASB can seem like an uphill battle at times, but in the 10 weeks John Dwyer has been in office he has seen the positive work being done across Cheshire to engage youths and tackle incidents of ASB.

Last week, John Dwyer met with Wilmslow Town Councillor Frank McCarthy to discuss a number of issues in the local area. The discussions include the anti-social behaviour that blighted the community at a local supermarket. Cllr McCarthy pointed out that youths on electric scooters and mopeds would speed around the carpark, causing a danger to the residents, especially young children and the elderly who accessed the supermarket.

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John Dwyer, commented:

“I want to spread the message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in Cheshire. Every person living in Cheshire has the right to feel safe and protected by the law, particularly within their home, their street and local community.

“I am committed to developing an Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy to identify how we can work with our partners to reduces ASB in all areas of Cheshire.

As well as having a zero tolerance approach to ASB, John Dwyer is also providing up to £5,000 worth of funding as part of his Community Action Fund, to help the local community fund initiatives in their area which help to tackle crime and ASB.

John Dwyer added:

“Through my Community Action Fund, I will make funding available for projects which prevent crime and ASB at its root-cause, such as providing diversionary activities for young people.”

More information about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund is available here: Community Action Fund (cheshire-pcc.gov.uk)

If you’d like to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour, all the information you need to know is available here Report antisocial behaviour | Cheshire Constabulary.