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Police continue to monitor anti-social behaviour at homeless residence
4:12pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
POLICE believe there will always be “blips” of anti-social behaviour at a residence for homeless youths.
Officers have spent months tackling problems caused by youths living at General Bucher Court, in Bishop Auckland.
While the situation has improved they say it is unlikely the site will ever be problem free.
Home Group took on a lease of 28 apartments in two blocks of the former old people's home last year, to provide a service for homeless youths aged 16 to 25 to turn their lives around.
However, residents living in nearby streets became increasingly concerned by the actions of those living there.
Speaking to members of Bishop Auckland Town Council this week, Inspector Martin Peace said: “We keep having blips with Bucher Court and there have been issues.
“We have a good working relationship with the staff and we have our police office set up there. There are still issues, but these will come and go.
“They have to take homeless people and if it wasn’t like this we would have to deal with 30 to 40 different landlords and that would be a nightmare.”
New measures installed earlier this year to help combat the problems include CCTV cameras to cover internal and external areas of General Bucher Court, extra security staff on duty, fire doors have been fitted with locks to prevent unauthorised access and restrictors have been installed on windows.
In addition, rooms are now only offered to long-term residents, which will allow people to become more settled.
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