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Confirmation of Minutes - 7 May 2013 PDF 304 KB
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held
on 7 May 2013 be confirmed.
Declarations of Interest
Please note that, in accordance with the
Members’ Code of Conduct, when declaring interests members
must disclose the existence and nature of the interest, and whether
it is a disclosable pecuniary interest
(DPI) or personal and/or pecuniary.
- Police – Crime Statistics
- West Lincolnshire Community
- Lincoln BIG
- City of Lincoln Council
a. Policing in
Chief Inspector Pache provided an update on policing in Lincoln and
advised as follows:-
- Anti social behaviour in Lincoln is
- There are three distinct problem
areas – Street Drinking, Vagrancy and Noise Nuisance
- Inspector Judith Kent is new in post
and is targeting the top 5 offenders
- Begging is an issue in the city
centre, however when arrests are made prosecutions are not
undertaken so the deterrent side is limited. The Police are
currently looking at alternative sanctions.
- Persistent offenders in the City
Centre are being served with exclusion notices.
- Street drinking is not illegal it is
the behaviour of individuals that is the problem.
- The Police are targeting individuals
who act anti socially. The increase in the number of Off Licences
is a problem. There has been a 120% increase in anti social
behaviour in certain areas. These hot spot areas including the High
Street are to be prioritised.
- Overall crime in the City is down
5%. Not all crimes are recorded.
- Lincolnshire Police is a beacon
force in National Crime Recording Standards.
- Police are working with retail
premises in respect of shoplifting, nationally there has been a 54%
increase and a 29% increase in Lincoln.
- Work has been undertaken with
Lincolnshire Coop in respect of providing additional security in
their stores. This has led to a reduction in crime and some
displacement to the neighbouring county –
- Independent retailers do not have
the capacity to put measures in place. However the Police are
working with them through the Business Crime Strategy to try and
minimise shop thefts.
- The next Comprehensive Spending
Review may lead to further cuts in budget, however it should be
noted that Lincolnshire has one of the most efficient forces in the
Members commented as follows:-
- How do you equate falling crime
statistics with reducing resources?.
The Police function is different now. There used to be a lot of
officers in uniform. The Police now concentrate on vulnerable
people and persistent offenders, we now have 10 Officers
who’s particular function is to respond to urgent priority
incidents in a 10 minute response time.
- Under reporting appears to be a
Under reporting has always been a problem. All calls received are
recorded and included in Police statistics. Both funding and crime
- Police attendance at the
Carholme Community Forum has been
sporadic which has led to the relationship between the residents
and the Police not being as good as it was. Whilst
“Freshers Week” might not
have appeared to be that bad it was actually horrendous.
The Police have many challenges, and the public have high
expectations. The Police have to target their resources at hotspot
locations. Offences within the night time economy are down.
- The City Centre has recently won the
Purple Flag award which implies it is a safe environment. However
there are problems in other areas of City especially in respect of
anti social behaviour. ... view
the full minutes text for item 3.
Progress on the Street Drinking Strategy
Sam Barstow, Public Protection and Anti Social
Behaviour Service Manager, provide an update on the Street Drinking
Strategy and advised as follows:
- The Alcohol Intervention Officer was
now in post.
- A co-ordinated approach had been
used to develop the strategy and manage individuals. All relevant
partners had been involved in its development.
- A number of persistent offenders had
signed up to ABC’s, I interim ASBO had been served and there
were 3 pending prosecutions.
- A voluntary code in respect of the
sale of super strength ciders and lagers would be launched in
RESOLVED that the contents of the report be
Anti Social Behaviour By Students in the Central Wards of Lincoln - Update on Success of Initiatives to Date
Steve Swain, Principal Democratic Officer,
advised that initial discussions had been held with the University
and other parties in respect of anti social behaviour by students
in the central wards of the City. A further update would be
provided at the next meeting.