Fleet town centre continues to top the antisocial behaviour (ASB) league table for Hart district.
Figures will be presented to Hart District Council’s overview and scrutiny committee today (March 18) showing the town was the overall top location for ASB incidents, with 256 during the most recent assessment period.
The report states: “Many of these were linked to the night time economy, with 76 occurring between 10pm and 4am Friday to Sunday.
“Fleet Road was the overall top street (57) and much of the ASB here was alcohol-related and linked to licensed premises (The Old Emporium, Propaganda and Jaxx).”
The report said there were also problems at the Sainsbury’s car park and at McDonald’s, where youths gathered and caused a nuisance. It added ASB was a by-product of the night-time economy with 101 incidents in Fleet reported between 10pm and 3am.
Violence against the person was also a common side-effect. During the most recent assessment period, from April to September 2012, 35 offences in Fleet occurred between 10pm and 3am.
The town was also the top location for alcohol-related offences, with 41 such offences being reported, and the top location for drug offences (17), with more than half being recorded between 10pm and 3am.
Despite a 15.6% reduction, Fleet also remained the top location for criminal damage offences, with 119 cases reported, and despite a 46.7% reduction, it also experienced the highest amount of violence against the person (73).
“A large amount of violence in the town centre is linked to the night-time economy, occurring late at night (48% between 10pm and 3am), in and around licensed premises (19%) and often involving alcohol (65%),” it adds.
Fleet also had the highest number of sexual offences (seven cases) and was top for domestic assaults (14) and hate crime (four). It was also one of the top locations for domestic burglaries.
David Lipscombe, community safety projects team leader with Safer North Hampshire, said the police worked hard between 10pm and 3am to manage any issues that arise.
He added: “This is supported by the Community Safety Partnership through a number of means, including the Fleet Town Centre Project, a group of local volunteer street pastors who work to support vulnerable individuals and also help to defuse potentially volatile situations. Within the council we look at ways to reduce violence, such as the use of accredited door staff and licence reviews should the need arise.”