The City of Wolverhampton Council is joining a national campaign to tackle anti- social behaviour (ASB) and keep residents safe.

Running from Monday to Sunday 3 July to 9 July, ASB Awareness Week 2023 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it. 

Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK, involving councils, police, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

The council and its partners, including West Midlands Police and the Wolverhampton ASB Team, will be carrying out community engagement activities, patrols, online awareness sessions and working in local schools throughout the week.

The council is also urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the Wolverhampton ASB Team on 01902 556789, by email or at Anti-social behaviour (ASB), or to the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a significant impact and addressing it is a key priority in Wolverhampton. Nobody should suffer in silence, and I would urge residents to report any incidents to the local ASB or policing team.

“We have a range of events taking place in Wolverhampton to support ASB Awareness Week and I encourage residents to take part and attend any events which may be of interest. We’ll continue to work in partnership during ASB Awareness Week and beyond to make clear that ASB has no place in Wolverhampton.”

Superintendent Simon Inglis of Wolverhampton Police added: “We know that anti-social behaviour can cause a great deal of distress for victims and communities. West Midlands Police take reports of ASB very seriously and are committed to tackling it swiftly, firmly and fairly. 

“In Wolverhampton there will be a number of events and activities to mark ASB awareness week and I’d encourage residents to get involved and learn more about how we work with partners to solve issues, prevent ASB, support victims and tackle the behaviour of perpetrators.”

The week will include a range of activities. On Tuesday 4 July, Wolverhampton ASB Team and West Midlands Police will be in Queen Square promoting ASB Awareness, as well as Alcohol Awareness Week. 

Meanwhile on the same day, Tettenhall Police Team will be patrolling Smestow Valley Railway and local nature reserve. The walk will start at 2.30pm – please email if you would like to join in. 

On Wednesday 5 July, ASB Team Leader Stephen Perry will discuss ASB tools and powers in an online Q&A session held on Microsoft Teams from 12pm to 1pm.  The event will take place between 12pm and 1pm. Join via Microsoft Teams.   

Wolverhampton ASB Team and West Midlands Police will be at Bilston Market promoting ASB Awareness Week between 10am and 1pm on Thursday 6 July, and on the same day Sgt Chris Turner from St Peter’s and Park Neighbourhood Policing Team will take part in an online Q&A discussion about neighbourhood policing, including tackling ASB, via Microsoft Teams at 2.30pm. Join via Microsoft Teams.  

Meanwhile, West Midlands Police Schools Intervention Prevention Officers will be delivering sessions to students at a number of schools in Wolverhampton about ASB awareness on Friday 7 July. 

During the week members of the Wolverhampton ASB Team will carry out various ASB awareness sessions with local neighbourhood police teams. These sessions will revolve around what tools and powers are available to tackle ASB and emphasise how successful partnership working can be a powerful tool to dealing with acts of ASB. 

There will also be a series of Partners And Communities Together (PACT) meetings taking place throughout the week, giving residents a chance to meet members of their local police team, ASB Team, local councillors and others to discuss issues in their area. They include:

  • Merry Hill PACT Meeting, Busy Buildings, 1c Claverley Drive, Monday 3 July, 6.30pm
  • Heath Town PACT meeting, Stratton Street Community Centre, Nine Elms Lane, Tuesday 4 July, 6.30pm
  • Graiseley PACT meeting, Lea Road Community Centre, 54 Lea Road, Tuesday 4 July, 6.30pm
  • St Peter’s and Park PACT meeting, Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley Street, Wednesday 5 July, 6.30pm
  • Bilston North PACT meeting, Hugh Gaitskell Court, Parkview Road, Thursday 6 July, 6.30pm.

For more information about ASB Awareness Week visit Resolve