Commissioner joins Chief Inspector and local representatives for Chester ‘hotspot’ tour
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, joined Chief Inspector Mike Ankers, Chester BID, Chester Residents' Associations Group, Jenni Haken from Pubwatch and the Against Business Crime team to visit the city’s anti-social behaviour hotspots.
The ‘walkabout’ began at the Eastgate clock tower and followed a 45-minute route around the city, visiting locations including Foregate Street and Bridge Street which were identified as particular areas of concern for anti-social behaviour and criminal activity.
Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, said:
“As Cheshire’s only city and home to some of our country’s most respected historical sites, Chester is well loved by both residents and tourists alike.
“Today’s visit was extremely valuable, in my Police and Crime Plan I talk about my commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour and I believe by working together with the teams present today we can continue to make Chester, and Cheshire as a whole, an even safer place to live, work and visit.”
Police visibility, shoplifting, electric scooters, and graffiti were a number of the issues that were highlighted by the attendees. Anti-social driving such as speeding and pavement parking is also a concern for Chester’s residents.
Mike Hogg, CRAG Chair said:
"CRAG's objective is to help to make Chester a better place for all, so addressing street crime including aggressive begging and ASB is an important part of that.
"Those who live and work in or visit the city want it to be safe and clean, so we are pleased to meet with the PCC John Dwyer and Chief Inspector Mike Ankers along with Chester West & Cheshire Council, Chester BID and Pubwatch to see how we can work together to address and resolve the problem issues."
Local business owners joined the group after the city walk, giving each representative an opportunity to discuss the issues in more detail and to hear what work the local policing team were undertaking to support the area.
CEO of Chester BID, Carl Critchlow, said:
“Tackling crime and anti-social behaviour is a priority for the BID so we would like to thank the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Inspector for taking time to meet with us.
“Crimes such as shoplifting and aggressive begging not only directly impact our businesses but also visitors and residents, so tackling them is a priority. We believe that by working together we can drive this behaviour out of our wonderful city.”