New plan to tackle ASBOs

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ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour will be tackled under a new police initiative which aims to prevent repeated occurrences from making people’s lives a misery.

Inspector Terry Ball informed councillors of the introduction of Operation Sentinel at a Skegness Town Council meeting on Thursday.

He said: “As a result we should not miss people who are being continually harassed and having their lives ruined by anti-social behaviour.”

The scheme has been introduced in the wake of the death of Fiona Pilkington, a mother who killed herself and her disabled daughter after years of abuse from their neighbours in Leicestershire.

It is being trialled with seven other forces in the UK and will see the introduction of an effective call handling system to log complaints and prevent repeat victims slipping through the cracks in the system.

Officers will also be trained in how best to deal with instances of anti-social behaviour and its links with hate crimes and will engage the community to highlight issues.