Police in crackdown pledge after break-ins and anti-social behaviour in Shrewsbury

Police have pledged to crackdown on the recent spate of anti-social behaviour in Shrewsbury.

There has been a wave of vandalism, anti-social behaviour and break-ins throughout the town centre and the Quarry over the last two weeks, and West Mercia Police confirmed it has been carrying out inquiries on all of the reports.

In order to tackle the issue, the force has increased the number of officers on shift in the area and on late night patrols.

Due to the easing of lockdown restrictions, the police will also be re-establishing foot patrols and mobile police stations.

Over the last two weeks a number of dispersal orders have been issued at the Quarry, as well as an arrest for burglary in the town.

Shropshire Chief Inspector Mark Reilly said: “I’d like to reassure the public that we understand what a negative affect this has on the community and we are taking the issue extremely seriously.

“We are committed to finding the individuals responsible. We are also working to engage with the young people in the area to educate them on the consequences of taking part in anti-social behaviour to prevent any more participation in the future.

“I would urge anyone with information about a crime or concerns over anti-social behaviour either in the town centre or the surrounding area to please report these via the appropriate channels on our website or by calling 101 so that we can respond in a timely manner.”

This comes after the region's crime commissioner John Campion said he was confident police are taking action to respond to the increased offences in Shrewsbury.

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