Is that a TARDIS in Harrogate town centre?

WPC Victoria Lacy of Scarborough police outside the famous blue telephone box still used by the police on Scarborough's seafront.
WPC Victoria Lacy of Scarborough police outside the famous blue telephone box still used by the police on Scarborough's seafront.
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A pop-up tardis is to appear in Harrogate town centre today as part of a community campaign.

Police and council officers receive thousands of reports every year of anti-social behaviour in the Harrogate district.

Now, as part of a campaign to ensure that victims report it to the right people, the old-style blue police box is to be brought back to the streets of Harrogate.

“If you see anti-social behaviour and want something done about it then all you have to do is report it,” said Supt Aubrey Smith, vice chairman of the Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership which has launched the See it - Report it campaign.

“Reporting concerns to the responsible authorities is key to the way we all respond to the public.

“Anything that helps people understand who deals with what speeds up the delivery of responses.”

North Yorkshire Police received 3,807 reports of anti-social behaviour between April 1 last year and January 1 this year.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service dealt with 48 incidents over the same period.

Harrogate Borough Council, meanwhile, received a further 1,620 reports of anti-social behaviour from April last year to February of this year.

A spokesman for the campaign said many people’s first reaction when they encounter anti-social behaviour is to call police.

But non-criminal issues like noise, fly-tipping, littering, dog fouling and some parking problems are the responsibility of Harrogate Borough Council.

“North Yorkshire Police see the use of a police call box as a fun way to attract people of all ages in the Harrogate district to speak to the partners who can help them look after themselves and their property,” said Supt Smith, who is the Harrogate Police Safer Neighbourhood Commander.

“The new campaign See it – Report it lists the types of anti-social behaviour that cause concern in our communities and shows which authority you should report it to.”

The old-style blue police box will be on Oxford Street, behind Primark, from 10am.

Members of the Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership, including council workers and Police Community Support Officers, will be offering advice and giving out leaflets on which organisation to contact in different situations.

For more information visit www.saferharrogate.org.uk or email communitysafety@harrogate.gov.uk.