• Teams at Mariner’s Church, Gloucester received support from Restorative Gloucestershire to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) which threatened to leave the building closed to the public
  • A video about the partnership working between the two organisations has been released during Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week
  • Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour is one of Police and Crime Commissioner Chris Nelson’s policing priorities.
  • ASB Awareness Week runs from Monday 18 to 22 July 2022

Following a number of acts of anti-social behaviour and vandalism at a church in Gloucester, trustees installed cameras to try and discover if they’d been the victim of random attacks, or if a member of its congregation had a grievance.

Before knowing who was responsible, teams at Mariner’s Church in Gloucester Docks, faced the tough decision on if they should start to lock the doors, to prevent the anti-social behaviour from continuing.

Eventually, once the man’s identity had been uncovered, the church enlisted help of Restorative Gloucestershire – an organisation based within Gloucestershire Constabulary, to facilitate a conversation to repair the harm caused by the anti-social behaviour.

A video about the whole process has been released today, during Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week, to highlight how seemingly small acts of anti-social behaviour can have an impact on a wider circle of people than anticipated.

Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week runs from Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July 2022, aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.

Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK involving councils, police forces, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

Research commissioned by Resolve found that more than half of people asked (56 per cent) believed that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community. However, after those asked had witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar number (57 per cent) said that they did not report it to anyone.

Chris Nelson is Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and includes anti-social behaviour as one of his main policing priorities: “Anti-social behaviour can sometimes feel small or insignificant to start with, which is why many people don’t report it. But often, repeated incidents of ASB can have detrimental effects on the lives of victims and it needs to be taken seriously.

“My deputy is working alongside partners through Safer Gloucestershire to tackle anti-social behaviour with a multi-faceted approach. It’s not just about enforcement once ASB has occurred, but about intervention for those liable to become offenders, restorative conversations to help rebuild communities and proactive, visible policing within communities.”