Report reveals extent of area's anti-social behaviour problem
ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour in Normanton accounts for thousands of calls to police, councillors heard last night.
A report presented to Derby City Council's Neighbourhoods Board showed that 5,293 calls were made to Derbyshire police about anti-social behaviour in the area over the past three years.
A meeting at Saxon House discussed the progress of dealing with the problem and what needed to be done in the future.
The City and Neighbourhoods Partnership, set up to look into the situation, profiled Normanton and the type of problems affecting residents and businesses.
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Laura Jackson told the board: "Derbyshire police received 5,293 calls for service between April 2009 and March 2012 from Normanton residents on 999 or the 101 number.
"This is the second highest in the city, with Arboretum causing the largest number of calls."
Out of the calls, 18.5% were about intimidating behaviour, 16.2% of the calls related to young people causing a nuisance and 17.3% concerned problems with neighbours.
Assaults and making threats accounted for 4.6% of calls.
Complaints also included litter, fly-tipping and dead animals in the streets.
Ms Jackson said: "Many of the calls are due to actions that people are perceiving to be anti-social behaviour.
"The difficulty comes where what different people determine to be anti-social behaviour. It can mean very different things to different people.
"What an elderly person feels is threatening behaviour, a 25-year-old might not. And equally, the people in question might not be causing any trouble at all.
"It's all about perception and that has to be taken seriously by everyone."
The chairman of the meeting, Councillor Asaf Afzal, said that stage two of the review was to involve more members of the community.
He said: "We have heard that fly-tipping seems to be an issue in Normanton too, so we are going to get some data from Streetpride and work closely with them to see what issues they are being called to.
"The next step is to work with the ward councillors. Some residents may be reporting anti-social behaviour straight to their councillors rather than calling the police.
"We need to speak to the local churches and community groups and make them aware that we are tackling the issue and that they can report issues they have to us here at the council."
Councillor Joe Naitta said that there were frequent clashes of culture in the ward. He said: "Fights are common between the different cultures of people that live in Normanton and different ways of life.
"It is a shame that it comes to that but something needs to be done.
"This review is the first step in that and continuing the work is incredibly important to make Normanton a better place to live."