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LICHFIELD TO EXCLUDE TROUBLEMAKERS

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Lichfield DC and the police are to use exclusion orders and curfews in an attempt to stop the petty crime and vanad...
Lichfield DC and the police are to use exclusion orders and curfews in an attempt to stop the petty crime and vanadalism that discourages people from walking the central streets at night.

The Daily Telegraph (p9) reports that police have also promised a 'rolling programme of periodic road checks' on routes into the town to identify anyone breaking the orders and to deter potential troublemakers.

Citizens and traders welcomed the Townsafe initiative. Many said they avoided central streets after the shops closed because of 'rowdyism' and anti-social behaviour.

Alan Birch, chairman of the city's crime prevention panel, said: 'We think our problems are typical of those in many English country towns. They are not all that serious compared with what goes on in the big urban centres. But in a small community they cause anxiety. Merely the perception of crime and misbehaviour is damaging of itself.'

Police and councillors have been preparing the plans, which come into effect in October, in line with the requirements of the government's Crime and Disorder Act and believe it will be used as a blueprint by other communities.
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