Anti-Social Behaviour soaring by 10% in just one year in Medway,  Medway Tory neglect of communities continues

On the day that Labour launches its Safer Communities campaign, newly released figures show that anti-social behaviour has rocketed in the last year in Medway.

This follows reports of a rise in anti-social behaviour in Medway of 10% in 2019/20 with close to 6,000 cases reported annually. Medway has seen a rise in reported crime since 2010 with just over 20,000 (2015) crimes to an all-time high of 34,000 crimes in 2018/19. The scourge of drug related crime was recently covered in a Panorama expose in May 2021 which highlighted parts of Medway were dubbed the ‘brown town’ capital of the South East.

This at the same time there have been Kent Police investigations into the prior company responsible for managing community CCTV; a responsibility Cllr Adrian Gulvin admitted he did not realise was under his portfolio.

The Tory neglect in communities continues as roads are crumbling, litter and bins remain full, grass remains uncut and windows and graffiti deteriorating.

Councillor Vince Maple, Leader of Medway Labour and Co-Operative Group said:

“People in Medway have a right to feel safe and secure in their communities – but under this Conservative government anti-social behaviour is soaring. Ministers have got to act now – and they should start by enacting Labour’s plan to properly protect victims and boost the police officers, PCSOs and CCTV that can help crack down on wrong-doing. People in Medway have had enough of being let down by this Government – Ministers must now finally get serious about protecting our community from anti-social behaviour. After eleven years in power it’s time for some results.”

The worrying increase in anti-social behaviour comes off the back of new figures showing a gaping £1.6 billion police funding gap in 2021 compared with 2010.

As Labour launches its Safer Communities campaign it will be demanding the Government do more to tackle this troubling escalation of anti-social behaviour across the country and end violence against women and girls. Labour has pledged:

  • A new £283m fund for areas blighted by high levels of anti-social behaviour, redirected from the Prime Minister’s vanity yacht project. The additional funding could be used for surge funding for police officers and PCSOs, for helping councils fund enforcement or to pay for additional CCTV.
  • Strengthening of legal protections for victims of anti-social behaviour to give victims of persistent, unresolved anti-social behaviour the same rights that the Labour Party is proposing to enshrine for victims of crime.
  • A set of proposals to end violence against women and girls, including increasing sentences for rape and stalking, reviewing sentencing for all domestic abuse, and better support for victims of rape and sexual violence – delivering where the Conservatives have failed to step up

Cllr Tris Osborne, Medway Labour spokesperson for Community Safety, said:

“Anti-social behaviour increases is coupled with a rise in reported crime over the last 10 years.

The Medway Tories are neglecting many communities in Medway. We are blighted with litter, fly tipping, potholed roads and recently parks overgrowing”

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“Anti-social behaviour can make people’s lives a misery so these staggering increases are completely unacceptable. Sadly, it’s little wonder, given the neglect Conservative government cuts have done to community policing, whilst also scrapping huge numbers of youth clubs.

“Even in the face of these terrible figures, Ministers continue with the wrong priorities, wasting millions on a pointless yacht, when they should listen to Labour and plough that money into taking action against anti-social behaviour.”

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