A number of people have raised the issue of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Croydon Town Centre, especially around East Croydon Station at around the time that schools and colleges leave in the late afternoon and early evening. This has included a number of incidents of mobile phone thefts.
Firstly, I am pleased the Mayor Jason Perry has announced the introduction of a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle ASB in Croydon Town Centre. Under the PSPO, anyone caught engaging in antisocial behaviour in the town centre could face a fixed penalty notice or prosecution in the Magistrates’ Court that could result in a criminal conviction and a fine. The PSPO means the police will also have the power to issue on-the-spot fines or prosecute offenders who refuse to comply with the order.
I have also had conversations with our BCU Commander Chief Supt Andy Brittain about increasing the police presence on the streets of our Borough, including Croydon Town Centre after the end of the school day. The Met now has record ever Police numbers thanks to Government funding and I want to see them visible on our streets in Croydon. I intend to keep raising this with our local Police to make sure that all the extra officers make a visible difference.