Councillors say taking out benches has helped stop crime

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An action plan to remove benches from anti-social behaviour hot spots has been attributed to a decline in complaints.

Reports had fallen dramatically between August and December, Boston Borough’s Council’s cabinet was told on Wednesday.

Portfolio holder for community development Coun Mike Gilbert said reported incidents of anti-social behaviour had reduced by half from August to December and said it was down to a decision by Boston Town Area Committee to remove the benches where drinkers were known to congregate.

He said: “Clearly this has had an affect on that and we need to keep an eye on these figures.”

Council leader Peter Bedford added that the opening up of the Ingram Memorial area had also helped.

It was said these actions had moved street drinkers into smaller, easily manageable areas for the police and this added to increased force activity to help alleviate issues.

Coun Yvonne Gunter, however, noted there were still problems in the Central Park area.

Coun Gilbert said it would be important to continue to monitor the figures.