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High Peak business owner delighted by police crackdown on anti-social behaviour

A High Peak business owner has congratulated police for tackling anti-social behaviour in the area.

Last month, officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) hit the streets and conducted more than 880 patrols to tackle anti-social behaviour as part of Operation Shango.

This made March the most patrolled month since the scheme started in July 2023.

Last month, officers made 15 arrests while out on these hotspot patrols.

Ninety referrals were also made to the Immediate Justice scheme, which makes offenders do community work to make amends for low level criminal offences.

These 90 referrals will join the 112 people who have completed immediate justice work so far. This project is aimed at helping those involved to rethink their actions, and 100 of those who took part in the scheme haven’t reoffended since doing community work, which includes litter picking, volunteering with a charity or creating community allotments.

One business owner who has seen improvements in anti-social behaviour in High Peak said: “Since opening in 2020, both of our businesses have had numerous experiences of anti-social behaviour. Everything from general nuisance to unlawful access into the buildings and damage such as broken windowpanes.

“Four years on and the level of anti-social behaviour has decreased, and this is down to the actions taken by Derbyshire Constabulary and the positive engagement between us as a significant business in the High Peak area and the local constabulary. As is the case in hospitality, it is not very often that praise is levelled where it is due, however, the work that has taken place has, without doubt, had a significant impact.”

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