POLICE have reported a drop of a third in incidents of anti-social behaviour following a crackdown in Eastwood.
Officers say they have been targeting hotspots and dedicating patrols to tackling troublemakers, including underage drinkers.
The number of incidents from the start of June to the end of July dropped by 36 per cent compared to the same time last year.
Sgt Andy Browning said: “We have taken a zero tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour in the town and have seen a considerable drop in the number of incidents since the team launched the initiative at the beginning of June.”
Alcohol has been confiscated from underage drinkers while officers say groups of troublemakers have been dispersed in Princes Street, Scargill Walk, Plumptre Way and Coronation Park, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.
Officers have also been working with Broxtowe Borough Council to drive down the number of incidents.
As a result persistent troublemakers have been asked to sign an anti-social behaviour contract as part of efforts to improve their conduct – while officers have also been working with Trading Standards to monitor licensed premises in the town
The issue of anti-social behaviour in the town was raised by the town mayor Ken Woodhead two weeks ago.
He wants to hold a public meeting get the residents views on how best to fight the problem – which, despite the police’s promises, he feels is only getting worse.
Speaking at the time, following a weekend of trouble and vandalism, he claimed residents around Princes Street had got so fed up with the problems they had given up calling the police.
n To read Insp Craig Berry’s Beat Speak column about the latest anti-social behaviour figures, see page seven.