Added on 13 February 2018 at 13:23
Customers at Imperial Park in Hartcliffe will see an increased police presence this week, as officers from the neighbourhood team increase their patrols in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour (ASB) at the retail centre.
Neighbourhood Sergeant for Hartcliffe Caroline Crane said: “Retailers and customers at Imperial Park have been experiencing problems with ASB for a number of months now, mainly caused by a small group of young people, whose behaviour and language has been appalling and intimidating. With it being half term this week, I wanted to be proactive and pre-empt any trouble, so I have officers on high visibility patrols both on foot and in vehicles all week.
“The idea is to reassure retailers, employees and customers that we are there and will deal robustly with any trouble, as and when it happens. I also hope that just by simply being present on site we will prevent trouble from occurring in the first place, rather than us arriving after an incident has occurred." Sgt Caroline Crane
“My officers will also be chatting to and engaging with young people at the centre, the majority of who are law-abiding and don’t cause any problems. We want young people to be able to go shopping, have a coffee and grab lunch, and to enjoy their half term safely.
“But for the minority of people who cause trouble and make life unpleasant for the people who work in the shops, they should know that we will be dealing robustly with any incidents and that their behaviour will not be tolerated.”
As well as our proactive patrols and enforcement, the neighbourhood team work hard to divert young people away from trouble. We are holding a free cycling event in the car park at Morrison’s in Hartcliffe this Friday (February 16) from 10.30 – 12.30 in partnership with Sole Cycling.
Sergeant Crane added: “Morrison’s car park is another area where ASB tends to flare up, so we thought we would get on the front foot and offer kids something fun and challenging to do, instead of causing trouble.
“Thanks to Sole Cycling who will be offering assault courses, velodrome races and track stand competitions. The Bike Doctor will also be available to fix up your bike. All for free and no need to book!”