Talks on Durham’s antisocial menace

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COUNCILLORS are to discuss how to crack down on antisocial behaviour.

Durham County Council’s cabinet plan to reduce anti-social behaviour, which they say is one of their key priorities, through the Safe Durham Partnership’s Anti- Social Behaviour Strategy.

The Labour council will be asked to back plans to increase the use of restorative justice to punish criminals and mediation to resolve neighbour disputes, improve Not in My Neighbourhood weeks and Police and Communities Together meetings and expand the Civic Pride campaign.

Councillor Lucy Hovvels, cabinet member for safer and healthier communities, said: “Antisocial behaviour can have a major impact on people’s quality of life.

“It reduces pride in the community and can be linked to other forms of offending.

“We are always looking for ways to improve how we deal with the issue.”

The council has hailed previous success in cutting anti-social behaviour, with action plans including targeting problem individuals and starting antisocial behaviour surgeries.

The report will go before councillors at a meeting next week.