Updated: Thursday, 24th July 2014 @ 6:21pm

Anti-social behaviour: Underage drinking crackdown over Easter launched by Greater Manchester Police

Anti-social behaviour: Underage drinking crackdown over Easter launched by Greater Manchester Police

By Ian Silvera & Claire Holden

Underage drinkers across Greater Manchester are being targeted by a police crackdown, in a bid to prevent anti-social behaviour this Easter.

Police will be patrolling anti-social behavior hotspots across Greater Manchester.

They have released statistics of anti-social behavior within the last 12 months, which show a 9% reduction of anti-social incidents across Greater Manchester.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Shewan said: “The bank holiday weekend provides a well-deserved rest for many people.

“I want to reassure residents that the police and partner agencies will be working together to tackle any antisocial behavior problems.”

The city center and Salford have seen the lowest reduction in anti-social incidents from February 2011 - February 2012.

Figures show that during that period, the city centre had a reduction of just 77 ant-isocial incidents, while Stockport enjoyed 1558 fewer.

The police say they have made anti-social behavior a priority as it can be as serious as crime and this is what has resulted in their efforts gradually taking effect.

Incidents cause a lot of grief for residents so their policy is to firstly tackle the problem and then create a positive impact by referring the offender to a youth group or sporting club.

Police have teamed up with several community groups across Greater Manchester in order to combat anti-social behavior.

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Shewan said: “By working with young people, parents, Youth Services, and the council we aim to continue reducing crime and anti-social behavior to ensure the Easter holidays can be enjoyed by all sections of the community.”

A wide range of youth clubs including Kickz, Nowt 2 Do, Street Pastors, Speedwatch, N-Gage will work closely with Greater Manchester Police in an attempt to lower antisocial behavior.

Street Pastors, an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, is in partnership with Greater Manchester Police.

They take a unique approach to addressing anti-social behavior by listening and creating a dialogue with would-be offenders.

They put in a lot of hard work around the clock to provide advice to the young and the vulnerable.

North West coordinator for Street Pastors Peter Gilson discussed the issue of antisocial behavior.

He said: “Young people have lost the ability to realize that their actions have consequences.

“One of the main problems is with young people binge drinking; sometimes they just do it to deal with personal issues.”

MM also spoke to local shop managers.

Spar convenience store, Piccadilly, said they endure an average of five anti-social incidents a day.

During the weekday they encounter the homeless trying to steal alcohol and during the weekends it is more likely to be young people, between 18 to 22, who are a nuisance. They are often drunk and disorderly.

After one particularly bad incident with one member of staff being assaulted and the theft of the cash register, the police reportedly took 55 minutes to respond to the 999 call.

One staff member said: “You can order a pizza quicker than the time it takes the police to respond.”

The shop now uses SkyNet, a communication system between shops and local police, to communicate with other stores in the area when any incidents have occurred.

 

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