COMMUNITIES suffering from anti-social behaviour should work to solve the problem themselves, according to new advice.
Residents in problematic areas where police resources are stretched to the limit have been urged to think of innovative measures to deal with street yobs.
The calls came from Government peer Baroness Newlove who has been touring rough communities to find the best resolution.
After publishing a report of her findings, she emphasised more members of the community needed to come forward to tackle ongoing anti-social behaviour problems in their community – and she has been backed in Blackpool.
Russ Weaver, assistant director at Blackpool Council’s neighbourhood services and former chief superintendant of the resort’s police force, told The Gazette: “When people are suffering in the first instances it’s right for the police to be called.
“But when you want to solve a problem you do have to look at people who can offer resources and support.”
Baroness Newlove urged communities to be less reliant on organisations like the police to help turn areas around and said a rewards scheme should be put in place for successful schemes.
Mr Weaver added: “Communities have a huge part to play because ringing the police about everything won’t get you anywhere.
“But we will not advocate the confronting of people smashing up bus shelters or cars. We would expect the police to intervene in these instances.”
Dave Pass, owner of the Cresta Hotel on Withnell Road, South Shore, was one of three men threatened with an iron bar by an aggressive youth.
He says there is still trouble in the area and more needs to be done to move on yobs from problem areas and rehabilitate them.
He added: “We get guests walking down the street and they are confronted with people hanging out of windows, drinking and shouting.
“The police aren’t going to come round for things like that, so I think we need more powers.”
“I used to go to police meetings but you would be confronted with people moaning about rubbish and I have got better things to do with my time.
“People should be rehabilitated to try and make them understand you shouldn’t behave like that in normal society.”