Littlehampton community wardens monthly report November 2021

 

High visibility patrols

Total combined foot patrol hours

134

 

 

 

Warnings and notices total:

28

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) warnings (verbal and written)

3

Removal of alcohol incidents

1

PSPO Fixed Penalty Notices

0

Obstructive parking advisory notices

1

Cycling (verbal)

23

 

 

 

Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) incidents total:

10

Noise

3

Public order

6

Neighbours

0

Other

1

Referrals to ADC ASB team

0

 

 

 

Community events attended:

2

 

 

 

Schools contacts/engagement:

5

 

 

 

Reports to operation crackdown:

0

 

 

 

Signposting advice:

8

 

 

 

Visits to vulnerable people:

0

 

 

 

Police reports total:

13

Phone (101 and 999)

1

Email

3

Online

2

Intelligence submissions

2

Verbal

4

E-CINS logs (multi-agency platform)

1

 

 

 

Environmental reports total:

6

Drug litter

0

Graffiti

0

Fly-tipping

5

Dog fouling

0

Litter

1

Hazards

0

 

 

 

Safeguarding referrals total:

0

Adult

0

Child

0

 

 

 

Multi agency meetings attended:

14

Additional commentary:

  • the team has received formal Community Safety Accreditation from Sussex Police, allowing them to carry out low level enforcement activities. Specifically, this focuses on implementation of the Public Spaces Protection Order where warnings are given to individuals drinking alcohol and engaging in nuisance behaviour. Officers also have the authority to request the handing over of alcohol
  •  participation in the annual rough sleepers count, including undertaking welfare checks on street homeless individuals
  • in response to a report seen on social media of a lone female being approached by a male in Caffyns Field after dark, the wardens have undertaken evening patrols of the area. Such patrols will continue in this area throughout the winter. Close attention is paid to all reports of areas where members of the public feel vulnerable for patrols to be implemented
  • the wardens continue to engage with the street community across Littlehampton. Although there has been a noticeable reduction in their anti-social behaviour, the team makes sure that they maintain ongoing engagement with these individuals, and groups, to be able to work with them and take appropriate action where necessary
  • a high number of verbal requests to dismount from bicycles in ‘no cycling’ areas have been issued. Additionally, the team have issued a number of warnings over use of e-scooters. On the whole, riders have been compliant and dismounted
  • wardens have responded to complaints about youth anti-social behaviour and minor criminal damage around the Harbour Lights Café, undertaking regular patrols and liaising closely with the council’s ASB caseworker to identify perpetrators. Regular engagement with the café itself and residents nearby is undertaken to provide a necessary reporting pathway
  • fly-tipping in the Wick area is a cause for concern, with wardens regularly reporting dumped household appliances and rubbish. This does result in early removal of fly-tipping and reduces hygiene and safety issues
  • regular joint patrols with members of Change Grow Live (CGL) have commenced, allowing outreach work to be undertaken with individual members of the street community or those who find themselves rough sleeping. The wardens utilise their knowledge of the area to help CGL locate individuals and to offer intervention support
  • drop-in sessions were held at both Morrisons and The Wave, providing interaction with members of the public and allowing discussions around local concerns and issues
  • a number of joint patrols with Police Community Support Officers undertaken throughout the month to increase visibility and reassurance, and to tackle low level incidents. Officers utilise this time to update on local concerns and highlight actions taken, as well as formulating joint responses where it is appropriate
  • wardens have carried out a number of welfare checks on street homeless individuals, ensuring they are safe and well given the lower temperatures. This has also resulted in referrals being made to services such as Turning Tides where some have been successfully accommodated
  • a strong working relationship has been forged with Arun Youth Projects, with Wardens attending youth sessions at the Keystone Centre on occasions. This has allowed them to build up a rapport and to be seen as positive figures in the eyes of those young people. The voice of young people is important in shaping services and this engagement aims to illustrate that their views can be heard
  • visibility in and around schools has continued. This has led to the commencement of school visits to engage further with pupils and staff around local youth related concerns and activities. This is seen as a great opportunity to discuss seasonal ASB trends with children and to provide some very positive interaction
  • the team responded to a report from a member of the public of a male urinating in a bush and gave a warning as to his behaviour
  • an ambulance was called for a male who had allegedly overdosed after mixing opiates and a large quantity of alcohol. Wardens removed alcohol in his possession to reduce further consumption and worsening of his condition. The individual is known to services and his continued poor behaviour in this context has been flagged up to partner agencies to consider escalation of enforcement action
  • several verbal warnings have been issued in relation to the PSPO and potential breaches due to consumption of alcohol and associated behaviour. These early intervention actions were met with compliance which in turn positively reduced incidents of ASB in the High Street
  • attendance at the official Christmas Lights switch-on event, on hand to assist members of the public, support vendors, and carry out high-visibility patrols to address low level ASB
  • attendance at Remembrance Service where the team paid their respects to the fallen