Throughout the Covid-19 restrictions, the Anti-Social Behaviour Team at Stockport Homes have unfortunately seen a spike in incidents and have worked with Greater Manchester Police to develop a joined up approach.
Ensuring the safety and security of communities is a priority for Stockport Homes and following several complaints from the Woodhall Crescent area a detailed plan developed with GMP, which led to a joint approach in response to complaints of drug use, rowdy behaviour, arguments and verbal abuse.
Investigations resulted in a warrant being executed for suspected drug related crimes. GMP enquiries into this are ongoing and pending the results of these Stockport Homes will proceed for possession of the property.
A second property was secured on Friday 26th June and a male arrested and charged with burglary and witness intimidation. He is now on court bail and has conditions not to enter Stockport. Although, not linked to the warrant, this investigation does form part of the general ASB in the Woodhall Crescent area.
Door to door visits to residents were undertaken jointly by Stockport Homes and the GMP Reddish Neighbourhood Policing team to offer support, information and reassurance and these have been welcomed by the community. Regular future meetings to keep the community safe are planned.
Jenny Osbourne, Chair of the Board at Stockport Homes said, “We believe that everyone has a right to live in a home and community that is safe, and we know that anti-social behaviour can seriously harm the quality of life in our communities. We take reports of crime and ASB extremely seriously at Stockport Homes, and will continue to work with GMP to tackle issues and promote our services.”
Inspector Val North of the Reddish Neighbourhood Policing team said “I would echo Jenny’s sentiments. We want the law-abiding residents in the area to be reassured that we are determined to tackle this issue and are working with a number of partners and agencies to ensure this is a pleasant place to live. Nobody deserves to live in fear of their neighbours, and we will not tolerate those who seek to intimidate and threaten them. If these incidents persist those responsible can expect a pro-active response from us.”