Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley are ASB hotspots

BLACKBURN along with Darwen, Hyndburn and Burnley are among Lancashire’s anti-social behavior hotspots, the county’s police and crime commissioner has told councillors.

The three boroughs – along with Blackpool and Preston – remain the worst in the county for low level nuisance and minor offences.

Takeaways have also proven to be one of the main flashpoints of trouble and have sometimes escalated into more serious offences.

Andrew Snowden revealed the information as he delivered his update report to the group of police and crime officials overseeing his work today.

The meeting, at Blackburn Town Hall, came as Mr Snowden launched a county-wide anti-social behavior survey to get a full picture of anti-social behavior (ASB) in the county, identify hotspots and examine how the police can work. better tackle the problem.

Mr Snowden has made tackling ASB a key priority and work is underway to create a dedicated anti-social behavior unit.

In his update report, he revealed he had discussed the matter in detail last month with Chief Constable Chris Rowley ahead of the summer school holidays.

The commissioner plans to use the survey results to inform a series of SBA summits in the fall.

Its report to the panel said: “ASB’s monthly totals are at their lowest since the start of the pandemic.

“The districts with the highest rates of ASB per 1,000 population remain unchanged – Blackpool, Burnley, Preston, Hyndburn and Blackburn with Darwen.

“Recent analysis identified bus stations and fast food outlets as emerging risk locations, and that in some districts ASB has escalated into public order incidents.

“The use of civil orders continues to increase with 328 orders granted in the 12 months to the end of March 2022.”

Mr Snowden revealed that between the 12 months to March 2020 and the 12 months to March 2022, there was a 12.1% increase in personal ASB incidents from 17,654 to 19,788, a drop 19.6% increase in environmental ASB incidents from 1,455 to 1,170 and a 21.1% increase in harmful ASB incidents.

He added: “Antisocial behavior can take many forms, including bullying and aggressive groups, drug dealing in residential areas, damage, graffiti and antisocial use of vehicles.

“They plague our communities and make people feel unsafe in their homes and on the streets.

“Anti-social behavior is one of the main concerns raised with Lancashire Police and an issue residents write to me about every day.

“The purpose of the survey is to get a better picture of the different types of ASB and identify hotspots in our county.

“I am already working with the gendarmerie to create a unit specializing in anti-social behavior.”

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