Help for anti-social behaviour victims

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A VICTIM of anti-social behaviour in Leeds has used a new scheme being piloted in the city to force authorities to look into her complaint after they had previously failed to take action.

Leeds is among the first in the country to introduce the ‘community trigger’, where residents can call for a review of cases where a number of complaints have been made about anti-social behaviour but nothing has been done.

The scheme is now being introduced across the country as part of the Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Act but has been running in Leeds since last summer.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s police commissioner, said last year that he opposed the scheme as it weakened authorities’ power to take action, but now says he is working to implement the new laws.

In the pilot period in Leeds, one case has so far met the threshold for action. A woman who was being driven to distraction by a neighbour’s bad behaviour, which sometimes spilled out into the streets, was given a review of her case after complaining several times over six months.

Over the pilot period from July to December, Leeds council received 2,154 new enquiries and opened 954 new cases. Forty-three people used the community trigger line during this period.

A community trigger can be carried out when no action has been taken despite three related incidents being reported in six months, five people reporting the same problem or if one hate crime has been reported.

If the criteria is met, a nominated officer will assess each request and contact the resident to outline what action will be taken. Residents in Leeds can call the community trigger line on 0113 247 5533.