Police And Other Agencies Team Up For A Day Of Action In Mansfield Town Centre
Police and Other Agencies Team Up For A Day of Action in Mansfield Town Centre
Shoplifting, antisocial behaviour and casual drug use topped the agenda as police and council officers joined forces for a coordinated day of action in Mansfield Town Centre this week.
Police in Mansfield joined forces with the district council and other local support agencies to address some of the key local concerns raised by residents and businesses in the town centre from dawn until dusk.
The day started at around 6am with council officers engaging proactively with rough sleepers.
Supported by outreach workers from the charity Framework, they approached people causing obstructions to businesses and signposted them to support.
One person was moved on from under a cash machine as a result.
As shops, businesses and market stalls opened for business attention shifted to shoplifting, aggressive begging and other contraventions to the town centre Public Spaces Protection Order such as cycling through pedestrianised areas and dropping litter.
Uniformed and plain-clothed police officers, supported by PCSOs, council neighbourhood wardens and traffic wardens maintained a strong presence in the town centre throughout the day.
In later afternoon and early evening attention finally shifted nuisance parking by private hire and delivery drivers, and alcohol and drug-fuelled antisocial behaviour.
Youth workers were on hand to speak to any young people causing a nuisance in the town centre.
More than 20 police officers were in the town centre throughout the day to both target offenders and engage proactive with members of the public.
Three people were also detained for carrying Mamba – a potent form of synthetic cannabis commonly associated with nuisance behaviour.
They were not arrested but were instructed to attend Mansfield police station for processing 48 hours later.
Two shop thefts were also prevented and offenders dealt with.
One was forced to pay for the item they’d taken and was immediately banned from the store.
Two vehicles were also seized for having no insurance.
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