City centre antisocial behaviour crackdown

Officers were joined by volunteers and special constables as part of a crackdown on antisocial behaviour in Leicester city centre.

Operation Instigate was launched following concerns of criminal activity that were raised by residents and businesses in the areas of New Walk and King Street.

In recent months, Leicestershire Police has received a number of reports of antisocial behaviour including drug taking and thefts.

There have also been reports of mopeds and scooters passing through the area.

During the operation, one person was cautioned for possession of cannabis and a car was also recovered under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act.

Sergeant Dave Adams said:

“We have received increased reports of antisocial behaviour incidents in and around New Walk, including the theft of copper piping, as well as drug taking.

“As part of the operation, we were able to speak to both business owners and people living in the area about their concerns and we will continue to monitor activity.”

Operation Instigate also saw the team talk to cyclists about existing by-laws that mean they are not allowed to ride their bikes on New Walk.

Of the 163 people that officers spoke to, 109 said that they were not aware of signage stating that cycling is not permitted on New Walk.

Cyclists were asked to complete a short questionnaire, which included questions on why they were cycling on New Walk and were made aware of the existing laws.

Sgt Adams added:

“Cyclists told us that they have been using New Walk because it is a safer option than using London Road and we have noted the feedback that they have provided.”

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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