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Police prioritise antisocial behaviour in town

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

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ANTISOCIAL behaviour has been highlighted as one of the main problems police are set to tackle in Ashbourne town centre.

Vandalism and anti-soscial behaviour have increased in the town centre, with officers highlighting the paved area of Cooper’s Mill, outside Sainsbury’s as a favourite place for youngsters to congregate.

Police have recorded an increase in anti-social behaviour at the supermarket sinc the closure of the skate park next to Ashbourne Leisure Centre.

At a meeting of Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood Team, officers discussed strategies to curb anti-social behaviour outside the store.

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Police are now increasing patrols, sending letters to parents and working with Sainsbury’s staff issuing bans to certain youngsters.

The skate park was closed last year after an on-going problem with vandalism.

Derbyshire Dales District Council manages the skate park and had to close the facility, although the authority is offering to match-fund any monies raised by youth organisations to re-open the skate park.

A spokesman for Derbyshire Dales District Council, said: “We don’t have any more funds to keep repairing the damage that is being done there.”

The district council is applying for funding to help tackle a scheme of improvements at Ashbourne Leisure Centre, as well as at Ashbourne Park, where a spate of vandalism has also been reported in recent months.

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  • Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  January 23 2013, 1:15PM

    Whilst it is by no means on a level with physical damage to property etc, a further facet of anti-social behaviour that has recently cropped up since Bargain Booze relocated to Compton is that the younger set with cars who hang around in clusters around the town seem to have designated the pavement outside the shop and the garage forecourt next door as free-for-all parking zones. I have been walking along that pavement and actually had a car drive all wheels onto the pavement in front of me, to allow the driver to get out and go into the shop from a distance of four feet from her car. I have also witnessed a police car drive past and pull into the police parking bays not 50 yards away and seen no action taken by the officers as they get out. They should be ensuring that these people park their cars legally on the road and not present unexpected barriers to such users as blind people and pushchair users who have to step around them to continue on their way.