Dudley police base to reduce anti-social behaviour in Stevens park
30 October 2013
POLICE officers have set up a new base in Wollescote to help them tackle anti-social behaviour in Stevens Park.
The Pedmore and Stourbridge East team have been given access to the Dudley Council building on the park in direct response to community complaints.
The local policing team will be working alongside the council workers and Friends of the Wollescote Park to conduct patrols around throughout the day and into the evening.
Their aim will be to deter teens from drinking and smoking drugs, playing football on the Bowling Green and leaving litter and smashed bottles on the ground near to the children's play areas.
Police Constable John Redfern said: "This is a really positive step in us tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour in the park.
"Our main aim is to take action against the few people that cause these issues in the park, so that it can be a pleasant and enjoyable place for residents and youngsters to enjoy."
Councillor Steve Waltho, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: "Working in partnership with the police we can continue to promote the ongoing positive use of the park.
"Increasing police surveillance will provide a secure and safe environment for everyone who visits."
PC Redfern added, "I would urge anyone that witnesses acts of anti-social behaviour or criminal damage to contact us by calling the team on 101."
Picture L-R: Park Development Officer,Ishrat Karin, PC John Redfern, Chairman of Friends of Stevens Park Wollescote, Craig Lees and PCSO Gemma Foley.
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