Dispersal order in place from 5:00pm today
Police are warning that robust action will be taken following eight days of high level anti-social behaviour in York’s Chapelfields estate.
There have been more than twenty five incidents of anti-social behaviour in the Chaplefields area between 9 August and 16 August.
The nature of the incidents, have included anti-social use of mopeds and motorcycles, arson, drug use and criminal damage.
The groups of youths, sometimes up to thirty in number, causing this hazardous disruption have also been using threatening and abusive language towards residents and the police.
Circumstances of some of the more serious reports involved a flat window being forced open and fireworks thrown inside, a youth threatening an officer with a piece of wood a group climbing onto the school roof, where the skylight has been previously smashed by a group of the youths.
The incidents have taken places across various locations in the area including Bramham Road, Bramham Avenue, Chaplefields Road, Westfield Place and Barkston Grove.
A dispersal order is going to be implemented at 5 pm today which will last for 48 hours. The dispersal order will cover an area of Bramham Road which includes the junction of Barkston Grove, and another area of Bramham Road which covers Costcutter and the junctions either side of Bramham avenue.
Inspector Lee Pointon of the York North Neighbourhood Policing Team, said:
The levels of anti-social behaviour this group are committing is just astonishing and they are causing so much misery amongst the community in Chaplefields.
Many residents, including the elderly and vulnerable, have felt intimidated, have been verbally abused, and are scared in their own home. This is totally unacceptable behaviour.
These youths are ruining what should be a respectable community enjoying the summer months and school holidays. Instead, we are seeing this group of defiant individuals who have no intentions other than to be nasty, cause desolation and despair amongst the public.
My team of officers and PCSOs are working hard to identify these youths and exercise the powers we can to deter them from this anti-social behaviour.
A dispersal order will be put in place today that will last for 48 hours. Anyone who breaks the order will be arrested. If the order is deemed successful, it will be continued throughout next week”.
Anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour or who has any information is asked to contact police. Dial 101, press 1 and speak to the force control room.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
In the recent survey conducted by local Councillors in the Chapelfields estate many residents complained about what they regarded as the low police profile in the area.
- 39% of respondents described policing in the estate as “poor”
- Better security was the most requested improvement for the area
Westfield Ward Committee has dedicated a pot of funding from their 2016 to 2017 ward budget towards provision of activities for young people on Chapelfields Estate.
Part of this funding has been used to commission Urbie bus sessions at St Aiden’s Church.
The first session is on Friday 30 June 2017 between 7pm and 9pm. Sessions will continue every Friday for the next 4 weeks, after which the provision will be reviewed.
Urbie is a fun place for young people to engage in craft activities, watch films, play board games, take part in sports activities and somewhere to go and talk.
Youth workers will be encouraging young people in the area to come along.
This is the first time the bus will be used by The Rock of York after acquiring it via asset transfer from the City of York Council.
Younger residents want better play, sports and youth club facilities
A door to door survey of residents views, undertaken by the Westfield Ward Councillors and helpers, has revealed the top priorities of Chapelfields residents. 170 households completed questionnaires with the top priorities for local improvements being:
- Better parking facilities
- The reinstatement of a regular skip service (halted by the council in April) and
- Better maintenance of trees/bushes & verges.
:There were a lot of concerns about security. 38% of residents described policing in the area as “poor”.
For the first time the survey included a separate section aimed at finding out the priorities of younger people.
The responses revealed that listening to music and watching TV were the most popular current pastimes.
Many respondents wanted to see better sports facilities with a usable football pitch a high priority.
The Grange Lane Park and Playground “needed an uplift” being described as “dirty and insecure”.
Some wanted to see more events at Sanderson House – the local community centre.
One child – with a more down to earth priority – said that she wanted to see the “ice cream man visit the estate earlier in the day”
All respondents gave a high priority to providing funding from the Ward Committee budget for younger persons activities.
71% of respondents rated the Acomb Explore Library as good or satisfactory with 57% giving similar support to the Energise leisure centre.
For the first time in the annual survey the bus service was the top rated public service 97% rated it as good or satisfactory.
A full analysis of the Chapelfields Residents survey can be downloaded by clicking here
The residents survey now being extended to cover the Kingsway West area
Early results from a survey of residents opinion on public service standards have revealed that over a third of respondents rate policing in the estate as “poor”. When asked about Policing services residents rated it as
- Good – 13%
- Satisfactory – 49%
- Poor – 38%
This represents a marked decline from previous results
Many residents, responding to a separate Westfield Focus survey, said that they hadn’t seen a Police Officer or PCSO in their street during the previous 4 weeks
The Lib Dems have now announced that they would give the North Yorkshire police force an extra £2.8 million a year
Liberal Democrats have announced they would boost investment in police forces by £300m a year. This is in stark contrast to the Conservatives who have overseen devastating cuts to community policing. Theresa May as Home Secretary and now Prime Minister has cut policing budgets by over £2bn, eroding the very fabric of community policing.
Under the Liberal Democrats North Yorkshire would see a funding increase of £2.8 million a year. This could be used to restore a visible policing presence in the community and ensure the police have the training and tools to deal with the changing nature of crime.
“This investment in our police is absolutely vital. Under Theresa May – first as Home Secretary and now as Prime Minister, our police have had to deal with the most brutal of cuts. These are now cutting into the bone.
“Our police work tirelessly to keep us safe and this Government has completely betrayed them.
“Only the Liberal Democrats have a credible plan to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and ensure the police have the resources they need to keep us safe.”
- On policing cuts: According to figures from the National Audit Office (NAO), from 2010/11 to 2015/16 central government grant to police and crime commissioners and their equivalents in London including specific grants and council tax freeze grants has reduced £2.2 billion in real terms. This represents a 22% real terms reduction. – http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-7279/CBP-7279.pdf
- On police strength: At 31 March 2016 total strength of the 43 police forces in England & Wales reached just over 124,000 FTE officers. This is the lowest number of police officers recorded under the current strength measure. This is not a pattern we see in Scotland where police numbers have seen year on year increases almost continuously since 1985.
- On neighbourhood policing: In the PEEL report Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabularies warned that the neighbourhood policing model was under threat due to funding cuts. The report stated:
- Since 2015, there has been a substantial drop in the proportion of people who say they have seen the police, on foot or in a police car, regularly, in their area. Our research shows that, now, fewer than one in five people feel there is a regular uniformed police presence in their area. Where neighbourhood teams exist, police officers are routinely taken away from their local areas to meet demands in other parts of the force area, leaving a reducing number of PCSOs as the mainstay of community teams. – https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmic/wp-content/uploads/state-of-policing-2016.pdf