Operation To Combat Greenlands Disorder In Redditch

Police in Redditch have launched an operation to crack down on disorder in the Greenlands area of the town following threats to residents and reports of hate crime and criminal damage.

Operation Krill, which started last week, aims to address problems being caused by a “small core” of young offenders.

Redditch District Inspector Ian Joseph said that the problems had been ongoing over several months but had escalated in recent weeks with incidents which were being treated as hate crime, graffiti and criminal damage to fencing, and intimidation and threats to people.

He said that harassment and anti social behaviour had in particular affected people living at four properties but was having a wider impact on the community.

The policing operation is designed to prevent and deter further incidents, ensure a rapid response if they do happen, identify those responsible and bring them to justice, and provide reassurance. Targeted patrols, involving uniformed and plain-clothed officers, are visiting the area at key times.

Inspector Joseph said: “Incidents of crime and disorder affecting a small number of properties and involving a small number of youths have been having a disproportionate effect on the victims and wider community.

“We have stepped up patrols to counter this activity and we are determined to end it swiftly. Additional patrols in the area seem to have been effective this week but the operation will continue for as long as is necessary.

“Letters have also been delivered to residents in the streets affected by this telling people what we are doing and appealing for information.

“Offenders need to understand that there will be consequences to their actions should they choose to continue with their offending behaviour and we have a full range of criminal justice measures available to us to deal with them.

“We are talking about a small core of young people, some of whom have already been made subject of formal harassment warnings.

“We will have no hesitation in making arrests and prosecuting those who continue with the type of anti social behaviour we have been experiencing recently.

“In addition, we have been working with our colleagues in Redditch Borough Council, particularly the Anti Social Behaviour team and Community Safety team to identify other opportunities to reduce the impact of the problems.”

Inspector Joseph urged people experiencing anti social behaviour to call police while incidents were happening and to come forward with any information they had about those responsible.

Police can be contacted on 0300 333 3000 and information can also be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.