Police tardis makes flying visit to Harrogate town centre

Sarah Glew Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Lee Smith Harrogate Fire Station Manager, PC Lynsey Ridout, Mel Greeves CSP, Chris Chelton CSP.

Sarah Glew Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Lee Smith Harrogate Fire Station Manager, PC Lynsey Ridout, Mel Greeves CSP, Chris Chelton CSP.

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Visitors to Harrogate town centre last Thursday (April 4) could be forgiven for doing a double take, after spotting a pop-up tardis on Oxford Street.

The tent in the style of an old fashioned blue police box was in Harrogate to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour, rather than to carry a certain doctor through time and space.

The campaign in conjunction with Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership, hopes to ensure that victims of anti-social behaviour report it to the right people.

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.

Town centre beat manager PC Lynsey Ridout said: “We here today to tackle anti-social behaviour.

“We are promoting a new leaflet which explains what areas of anti-social behaviour should be pointed in which direction.”

Passer by Robin Fuller said he thought the tardis was a great idea.

He said: “It certainly caught my eye.

“So often when you’re walking down the street you get handed leaflets and it’s easy just to ignore them.

“This way it’s more attention grabbing and you want to find out what is happening.”

The tardis is expected to make more appearances in and around the district in the coming months.

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