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Tackling anti-social behaviour in the Thames Valley

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Thames Valley’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Barber, has welcomed the Government’s plan to help tackle anti-social behaviour.

The impact of anti-social behaviour can be devastating to communities, depriving residents of the right to live without fear.

The new ‘Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan’ will include stronger punishments for perpetrators, tackling problem tenants and making those who commit anti-social behaviour repair the damage they have inflicted on victims and communities.

The Government are also banning nitrous-oxide, often known as laughing gas. The use of this is a common complaint of residents in Thames Valley, and this move will give the police the power to tackle the problem.

Following the Government’s announcement, Matthew Barber said: “The measures being set out by the Government are a welcome boost to our efforts to make communities in Thames Valley safer.

“As part of my upcoming Crimefighters strategy, the public will see a significant increase in neighbourhood policing, focussed on crime prevention. The new powers set out this week will help to make the police more proactive.”

The plan provides Police and Crime Commissioners more tools to help tackle the blight of anti-social behaviour, working in partnership with local councils and other partners including housing associations.