Monday, 21 September 2009


New figures show criminal damage has more than halved in Newington, with violence down by more than 20%, as a result of recent initiatives to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

It comes after anti-social behaviour orders were given to five youths last month (August), responsible for a range of problems on the Newington estate, in a civil case brought by Thanet District Council and supported by Kent Police, on behalf of the Thanet Community Safety Partnership. The first action in the case was taken in May 2008, with interim ASBOs issued in December of that year.

The figures from Kent Police show that there were 35 incidents of criminal damage between April and July 2009, compared to 76 during the same period 12 months earlier. That's a reduction of 54%. Violent attacks also fell from 45 in 2008 to 36 in 2009, with anti-social behaviour dropping by 3.3%, compared to the previous year.

The total number of offences also fell in the Newington ward, by 20% from a total of 948 between April 2006 and May 2007 to 763 between April 2008 and May 2009.

Community Safety Manager Mark Richardson said: "These new figures show just what an impact the targeted work that we're undertaking to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in Thanet is having. The Community Safety Partnership has been working on projects aimed at tackling crime hot-spots across the area and, in this case, it's definitely shown results. Behind the figures are real improvements to people's quality of life on the Newington estate. A lot of that is down to the residents themselves, who came forward to stand up against what was happening on the estate. Their determination is already bringing benefits and hopefully we'll continue to see an improving picture in Newington, as far as crime and anti-social behaviour goes."

Chief Inspector Mitchell Fox from Kent Police said: "The residents have had their lives made a misery by a few mindless individuals. The determination of the police, council and the local community working together to address anti-social behaviour has led to the courts issuing these five ASBOs. This demonstrates that we are listening and delivering on real quality of life issues and thereby making Newington a better and safer community."

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