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Anti social behaviour (ASB) distribution is concentrated primarily within the city centre, particularly where retail or licensed premises feature heavily. Consequently, this area is significantly affected by the night-time economy. Localised areas of deprivation in Westfield, Hull Road, Heworth and Clifton wards also feature highly with main under-pinning factors including resident families and individuals known to a variety of agencies, repeat victimisation (location) and youth/adult reoffending.

Westfield ward has been identified as a priority for York requiring a key focus from North Yorkshire Police and partners to improve the ‘Quality of Life’ of residents within this area(York Analysis Unit). Intelligence products have been completed and used to drive activity. Initiatives include domestic abuse early intervention work, troubled families involvement and funding initiatives such as from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund. Work has been ongoing with public health to target their secondary school interventions utilising multi-agency data to identify where potential alcohol and drug crimes plus Anti Social Behaviour are occurring (Safer York Partnership Board).

York remains a popular destination for stag and hen parties, with ‘booze trains’ run from the North East having caused problems to an extent attracting a multi-agency response involving North Yorkshire Police, British Transport Police and the train companies. Local media reports highlight the community concern about daytime weekend drinking in York city centre and the impact on local residents of drunken revellers on major race days.

In addition to these points, it is worth noting that there is an increased demand for volunteering places due to educational establishments and work programme providers requiring participants to undertake volunteering as part of their course. This is placing unreasonable pressure on voluntary sector providers to accommodate these needs and rather than creating sometimes unnecessary volunteer opportunities it may be more appropriate to help identify alternative methods for those individuals to gain training opportunities.

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This page was last updated on 20 April 2015
This page will be reviewed by 20 April 2016