Littlehampton community wardens monthly report October 2021

 

High visibility patrols

Total combined foot patrol hours

123

 

 

Warnings and notices total:

8  

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

0

Removal of alcohol incidents

0

PSPO Fixed Penalty Notices

0

Obstructive parking advisory notices

0

Cycling (verbal)

8

 

 

Antisocial behaviour (ASB) incidents total:

5

Noise

0

Public order

3

Neighbours

1

Other

1

Referrals to ADC ASB team

0

 

 

Community events attended:

3

 

 

Schools contacts/engagement:

11

 

 

Reports to operation crackdown:

1

 

 

1signposting advice:

5

 

 

Visits to vulnerable people:

15

 

 

Police reports total:

3

Phone (101 and 999)

0

Email

1

Online

1

Intelligence submissions

1

Verbal

0

E-CINS logs (multi-agency platform)

0

 

 

Environmental reports total:

5

Drug litter

0

Graffiti

1

Fly-tipping

3

Dog fouling

0

Litter

0

Hazards

1

 

 

Safeguarding referrals total:

3

Adult

3

Child

0

 

 

Multi agency meetings attended:

5

Additional commentary:

  • total patrol hours show a drop in comparison to previous months due to periods of annual leave over the course of the month
  •  in partnership with the councils housing team and Morrisons’ Community Champion, the wardens held a Halloween event at the Highfields play park in Wick. The event, including pumpkin carving and fancy-dress competitions, was well attended by local children and their parents.Talk quickly turned to how we can similarly engage with the community in the run up to Christmas
  • wardens responded to reports of individuals causing disruption to the Littlehampton Community Fridge, waiting outside and allegedly attempting to sell suspect goods, possibly stolen items. Engagement with staff undertaken and advice given but is a location that the wardens will maintain on patrol routes
  • regular early morning patrols around the schools have continued, providing a highly visible presence and being available to engage with pupils and parents about local issues
  • wardens have met with staff at the miniature railway and given advice regarding securing property and equipment, with further information shared about reporting and recording any incidents of antisocial behaviour at the track
  • wardens continue to engage with the local street community and homeless individuals both in the town centre and across the wider area. Continual engagement with individuals, and as a group, has seen a reduction in visual anti-social behaviour and some positive changes in behaviour
  • following the smashing of a window at the Chilgrove House community room, where the wardens are based, words of advice have been given to children in the area on the subjects of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage with the view of engaging with young people early and highlighting the choices they have
  • the team has established a strong working relationship with Arun Youth Projects and attending youth sessions at the Keystone Centre to engage with young people and provide support and guidance where necessary. One of the aims of this partnership is to ensure that the voice of young people is heard, and for the wardens to be able to refer those they encounter to the positive work that AYP do
  • requests to cyclists to dismount from their bicycles in the High Street continue to be made by the wardens. On the whole, cyclists have been compliant although there is a minority that have ignored requests
  • wardens remain vigilant to anti-vaccination (Covid) literature being posted; one incident of a flyer being stuck to the clock tower was reported and removed by the councils cleansing team. There is also an awareness amongst the team that schools have been targeted elsewhere in the County and so the wardens have engaged with the schools to give advice and encourage vigilance
  • wardens continue to engage with two known homeless people, who were currently camped at St Mary’s church. Regular reports are provided to the relevant agencies and the team undertake regular welfare checks with consideration to the winter weather starting to set in
  • on receiving information that a male was sleeping at the Cemetery, the wardens located him and were able to offer advice and signpost home to Turning Tides. Information was cascaded to all relevant agencies for their awareness
  • support is provided to a locally run women’s safety group where assistance and signposting to appropriate services is given. This is a particularly important issue at the moment and is one which the wardens will assist in whatever capacity they can
  • the wardens have undertaken several joint patrols with local PCSOs to increase visibility around hotspot locations. This is also taken as an opportunity to exchange information between officers so that all are aware of specific local concerns and issues
  • following a report of a suicidal individual along the beach and seafront area, a warden attended the scene but found no one fitting the description given. The male was later found alive and well the same day and in receipt of the appropriate help and assistance
  • wardens conducted a drop-in surgery at the Littlehampton library, this event was advertised locally on social media for local residents to attend and to ‘Have your Say’. Unfortunately, there is very little footfall at this location and so the team are looking at additional/alternative settings where drop-in sessions will reach more people
  • drop-in session also held at Morrisons supermarket in the run up to Halloween, positive engagement with members of the public on a range of subjects as well as offering Halloween safety advice and dispensing ‘no trick or treaters’ posters to those who wanted to avoid the ghouls and goblins
  • a similar community drop in was conducted at AGE UK where basic level IT advice was given to those elderly clients who needed help and guidance with laptop devices and simple sending of emails and web browsing
  • reports of anti-social behaviour and property damage caused by young people on the Riverwalk and at Harbour Lights café have been investigated and information passed to the councils ASB caseworker. On speaking with youths in the area, words of advice have been given regarding involvement in ASB
  • a vehicle seemingly abandoned and in very poor condition has been reported via Operation Crackdown for removal due to concerns that members of the public could be injured as a result of the dangerous state it is in