Gloucestershire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC), Nick Evans, has visited one of the scenes of recent widespread anti-social behaviour incidents in Stroud.
Mindless vandals damaged cars and property in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The DPCC spoke to businesses on Gloucester Street and had a full briefing from Stroud’s neighbourhood policing team on the progress of the investigation.
Speaking following his visit, Nick said: “This sort of mindless violence and destruction is totally unacceptable. It makes people feel unsafe in their own communities and heaps additional costs onto hardworking local businesses and families, many of whom are already struggling to recover from the pandemic.
“I wanted to come and see for myself the damage caused, and be reassured by the local policing team that they’re being proactive in dealing with this incident. I’m very pleased to see that’s the case, and that enquiries and reassurance patrols were ongoing even while I was being briefed at Stroud police station.
“Taking a zero-tolerance approach to anti-social behaviour was a key part of our PCC Chris Nelson’s election campaign because we know how harmful it can be to public confidence and how, unchecked, it can escalate to something far more serious. I’m pleased to say that we’ll be able to say more very soon about our first steps to do that, by putting additional officers onto the County’s streets.”
The DPCC will be joining volunteer Special Constables in Stroud District on Friday night, as part of their ongoing OPERATION FOCUS to target and deter anti-social behaviour, and provide reassurance to the local community.
You can contact police by completing the following form and quoting incident 289 of August 3 or by phoning 101 and quoting the same incident number: gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report