Anti-social behaviour falls in Boston


Complaints to police of anti-social behaviour have fallen by more than a fifth in Boston in the past year, according to new figures.

There were 2,228 incidents in 2013/14 - compared to 2,883 in the previous 12 months - a 22 per cent drop.

The figures are contained in the annual report of the East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership.

It had set addressing antisocial behaviour as one of its priorities for 2013/14, an issue raised to them by members of the public.

There were also falls in reports of anti-social behaviour in the South Holland and East Lindsey areas, which are also covered by the partnership.

Phil Drury, strategic director and deputy chief executive at Boston Borough Council and chairman of the partnership said: “The reductions in anti-social behaviour reflect the strong and ongoing partnership activity that is taking place to tackle local anti-social behaviour issues, helping to make neighbourhoods safer and more pleasant.”

Boston’s 22 per cent fall included drops in:

l Drunken behaviour - down 26 per cent to 307.

l Shouting and swearing - down 35 per cent to 69.

l Vehicle nuisance (including legal parking, joyriding and unacceptable noise levels) - down 38 per cent to 120.

The report details a number of projects which have run in Boston with a view to cutting anti-social behaviour, including providing activities for young people during the school holidays.

The partnership’s priorities for the coming year, after asking the views of people in the town, are alcohol misuse, violent crime, anti-social behaviour, community cohesion and shoplifting/theft of pedal cycles in Boston.