New partnership to tackle anti social behaviour in Bedford town centre

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Complaints about street drinking, begging and cycling in restricted areas has prompted a new initiative to tackle anti social behaviour in Bedford town centre.

Police officers were out and about in Bedford on Thursday as part of a new town centre partnership project to address the issues. They were joined by PCSOs and the anti-social behaviour enforcement teams from Bedford Borough Council who spoke to local residents and businesses, enforced the alcohol ban in the town centre and patrolled the pedestrianised areas.

They also spoke to the homeless offering advice about local support services and issued tickets to cyclists riding illegally.

Sergeant Paul Ayling said: “We have listened to the issues the community are concerned about, and we have restructured some of our focus to tackle these. We will continue to work alongside the council and BedfordBID to work in tandem to tackle these issues and conduct patrols which focus on these concerns.”

Councillor Colleen Atkins, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Regulatory Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “We take anti-social behaviour in the town centre very seriously and have listened to the concerns of local residents and businesses. It’s important the council works in collaboration with the police so that when our officers are restricted from enforcing, the police can step in and legislate, and vice versa. Our officers are pleased to be involved in these partnership patrols and it’s also an opportunity to offer advice about support agencies to help improve a range of issues.”