CHESHIRE Police has revealed anti-social behaviour has continued to fall in the county.

At a meeting held on April 30, John Dwyer, the Police & Crime Commissioner scrutinised Cheshire Constabulary’s performance across a variety of areas.

Figures released during the meeting show that from April 2013 to March 2014 crime has fallen by 4.4 per cent in Cheshire. In addition, incidents of anti-social behaviour have fallen by 3.7 per cent.

"I have made clear my intention to get tough on anti-social behaviour," said John Dwyer.

"It’s fantastic to see that anti-social behaviour incidents have decreased by over 1,600 from 45,247 to 43,587. This shows that the Constabulary are continuing to work to deliver my Police & Crime Plan."

Police sources added the work that is being done to tackle anti-social behaviour is further highlighted in the increase in public satisfaction, with 71.5 per cent of victims of anti-social behaviour being happy with the outcome, as opposed to the 67.3 per cent in the previous year.

Public perceptions of high levels of anti-social behaviour in their area have also dropped by 2.8 per cent further highlighting the zero tolerance approach towards unacceptable behaviour.

John added: "At the meeting, I was presented with two case studies of how anti-social behaviour can affect an individual and a community. These studies showed the complexity of anti-social behaviour cases, and the need for effective partnership working with local agencies.

"Anti-social behaviour needs this multi-pronged attack if it’s going to be dealt with efficiently and effectively. It’s not just a matter for the police to deal with, but agencies across the board, including, the local councils, housing associations, Youth Offending Services and many others.

“It is important that agencies work together effectively to identify the root causes, share information, provide crime prevention advice, help and supporting both to victims and offenders in order to reach a long term sustainable solution."