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Wardens Deal With Nearly 1,000 Incidents In One Month

By Published March 17, 2021

THE staggering array of work carried out in all corners of the town by Middlesbrough's Neighbourhood Safety Wardens has been laid out.

In February alone nearly 1,000 incidents have been attended to by the Middlesbrough Council workers from Central ward at the northern tip of the town to Nunthorpe, Stainton and Thornton at the southern point.

They include everything from gang nuisance and neighbour disputes to fly tipping and graffiti.

The full list of incidents in February is:

Category

Total

Property damage

43

Gang nuisance

12

Cycling/skateboard nuisance

2

Verbal abuse to MBC employees

6

Rough sleepers

13

Drunk/rowdy behaviour

6

General ASB calls

109

Neighbour dispute

15

Domestic Incident

2

Throwing missiles

2

Drug house

6

Drug/substance misuse

33

Needle find

9

Suspect dealing

42

Bonfires

2

Racial harassment

3

Car repairs/street/gardens

1

Off road motorcycles

18

Fly tipping reported

66

Dumped rubbish/litter

38

Damage - street furniture/tree

16

Graffiti

2

Dog fouling

2

Misc. property find

2

Help in street

73

Joint operations

66

Police crime targets

5

Suspicious person

22

Community safety talk

8

PSPO begging instruction issued

16

PSPO FPN begging issued

1

PSPO littering instruction issued

2

PSPO spitting instruction issued

1

PSPO alcohol instruction issued

6

PSPO part of a group instruction issued

2

CBO breach

2

Breach of civil injunction

5

Verbal warning issued parking

102

Monitored area

133

Police intelligence submitted

11

Loitering for the purpose of solicitation

16

Suspected street begging

44

Confirmed street begging

3

National influenced tension

1

International influenced tensions

1

Grand Total

972


Additionally in the town's TS1 area which is subject to a Public Space Protection Order 16 begging instructions were given by the wardens with one Fixed Penalty Notice issued for begging and a further 11 warnings given for littering, spitting, alcohol consumption and being part of a group likely to cause anti-social behaviour.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "It gives me no pleasure at all to see this list of really horrible incidents that have happened in the last month alone.

"What does please me is that we're getting stuck in and tackling it head on. The wardens are doing a great job on the frontline and intervening wherever there is bad behaviour whether it's anti-social or environmental or anything else.

"We shouldn't forget either that on top of these nearly 1,000 incidents of bad behavior that Council frontline workers like the wardens also spend an awful lot of time helping people and dealing with positive issues.

"There's loads of good work going on in our communities and especially at such a difficult time with the pandemic we really need to pay tribute to those working to look after our areas and the people."

 

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