Quad bikes and illegal cigarettes seized by police in crackdown on anti-social behavior in Boscombe

Two quad bikes and large quantities of illegal cigarettes and e-cigarettes were seized in Boscombe last week as part of a crackdown on anti-social behavior (ASB) in the area. Between Monday April 11 and Thursday April 14, the East Bournemouth Borough Police Team joined forces with BCP Council to address issues raised by residents and local businesses in Boscombe.

During these four days, approved premises were visited. Some license violations have been identified and formal notices have been issued in several places.

An address in Springbourne was visited by police ffollowing drug-related BSA reports. Residents were warned that a full property closure order could be issued if the behavior did not stop. Two quad bikes were also seized after they were seen driven onto the pavement and road in Lowther Gardens.

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Other agencies involved in the days of action included Trading Standards, Parking Enforcement and the homeless charity St Mungo’s. Although the police have various powers to deal with ASB, local councils can manage:

• Abandoned vehicles
• Graffiti and aerial display
• Damage to public property
• Garbage and fly dumps
• Noise, including loud music, loud neighbours, parties, alarms, animals, and noise from pubs and clubs

Neighborhood Inspector Helen Deakin said: ‘This targeted action demonstrates our continued commitment to dealing with ASB. This is a priority for Dorset Police and our partners – no one agency can handle all forms of ASB alone, so by working together we can make Bournemouth East a safer place to live and work.

“This is not a unique case. Operation Relentless was launched to show residents and visitors that the Gendarmerie is taking a tough approach to the ASB. We want to empower communities to weed out the “anti” from the antisocial. It is important that people report incidents of anti-social behavior involving loud, abusive, rowdy or bullying behavior related to alcohol, drug abuse and bullying gangs to Dorset Police, so that we can make Dorset a safe county for everyone.

Boscombe Main Street, 2020

Police and Crime Commissioner David Sidwick said: ‘This is exactly the type of policing action that I, and the residents and businesses of Boscombe, want to see happen.

“Combating ASB is a priority in my policing and crime plan, as many residents have told me of the harm it has caused them and their community.

“I would like to thank the officers and staff involved, as well as all the partner agencies who participated. Tackling an issue like ASB cannot be done in isolation and so seeing partners working together for a safer Boscombe is fantastic and I look forward to seeing more targeted action on ASB across the count.

Sophie Sajic, Head of Street-Based Response at BCP Council, said: “BCP Council welcomes any opportunity to work in partnership, and these days of action show how our organizations are working together to improve community safety.

“Anti-social behavior affects our communities, our businesses and our visitors and we are really pleased to be able to take a proactive approach to addressing some of the key issues currently being experienced in East Bournemouth.”

You can report ASB online at dorset.police.uk/contact-us. In an emergency where life is in danger or a crime is committed, dial 999. Further advice on anti-social behavior can be found on the Dorset Police website.

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