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Early intervention techniques by Cheshire Police are cracking down on anti-social behaviour, members of Cheshire Police Authority have been told.

The number of disorder incidents recorded between April and September dropped to under 25,000, compared with more then 30,100 in the same period last year.

Members of the Authority were told “repeat” incidents/calls from the same victim or the same location were also down.

Assistant Chief Constable Janette McCormick (pictured) said: “We take steps to identify people – especially young people −when they become involved in anti-social behaviour and we take action.

“This often involves discussions with parents and other family members. Anti Social Behaviour Units and other agencies are involved where necessary.

“The aim is to make people realise their behaviour isn′t acceptable and steer them in a different direction. We see many successful examples of this approach.

“We take anti-social behaviour seriously. Many victims are elderly and vulnerable people and in those cases abuse, violence and vandalism can cause extreme levels of distress.”

Margaret Ollerenshaw, Cheshire Police Authority chairman, added: “Success in dealing with anti-social behaviour brings benefits for a lot of people.

“It means there are less victims suffering the day-to-day distress which this sort of behaviour can bring and it means that people who have been involved in disorder can turn their lives round and pull away from a course which otherwise might lead to court appearances, punishment and, ultimately, to prison.”

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