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Six wards in the Staffordshire Moorlands account for more than half of all reported incidents of anti-social behaviour, according to new figures

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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Figures from the 2014 Staffordshire Moorlands Community Safety Profile show Leek East, Leek North, Leek South, Biddulph East, Forsbrook and Biddulph West are the most badly affected.

Now police say they are targeting those areas in a bid to keep crime levels coming down.

Leek's new inspector Ian Hancock said: "We will target wards where figures show the most activity.

"We are having weekly performance meetings which will set out a direction for such locations.

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"We then intend to disrupt any anti-social activities."

The profile figures also show that crime levels vary considerably from location to location with 48 per cent of all crime recorded across the district in Leek East, Leek South, Biddulph East, Leek North, Cheadle West and Biddulph West wards.

There were nine wards where the number of crimes recorded in 2012/13 was above the district-wide average, of 118.

These were Leek East, Leek South, Biddulph East, Leek North, Cheadle West, Biddulph West, Forsbrook, Alton and Cheadle North East, and these could now be considered priority areas for crime reduction.

However Checkley and Cheadle South East experienced above average number of reported anti-social behaviour incidents in 2012/13. with Cheadle South East and Cheadle North East also experiencing above average rates of criminal damage, while Cheadle North East and Dane Ward experienced an above average of number of recorded violent crime.

The profile was released to members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's health and community overview and scrutiny panel.

Councillor Linda Malyon said that care homes in the Moorlands were "causing havoc".

She said: "There are several private care homes in the Moorlands. It is effecting people living next to them.

"I meet a group in my ward every month. We need to help these people as it is making their lives a misery."

Councillor Chris Wood said that Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) had failed.

He said: "These ASBOs have not been enforced like they should have been.

"The Government introduced this legislation, but how is it enforced? There are not enough police, so it can't be enforced."

Councillor Frank Hopley said proposed county council cuts to youth services could also effect young people.

He said: "When the cuts being made by the county council to youth clubs take place, young people will be on the roads with nowhere to go.

"Youth clubs do keep youngsters off the streets. Another issue is the lack of jobs as people lose pride in themselves."

The profiles states that there were 66 families identified through the Building Resilient Families and communities programme up to December 2013.

These families had the highest impact on the public purse in Staffordshire and it was stated that a "whole family" approach was being taken in order to turn their lives around.

However, the number of crimes in recorded by police in the Moorlands in 2012/13 was 3,266, which showed a 13 per cent reduction from the previous year.

And the profile also identified that the district's low crime level is considered by residents of Staffordshire Moorlands as being the most important thing in making somewhere a good place to live

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