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Council turns to Dr Who to tackle anti-social behaviour Council turns to Dr Who to tackle anti-social behaviour

A car park kiosk is being given a new lease of life as a Doctor Who style police box, as part of a crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Brighton & Hove City Council is joining forces with Brighton & Hove police and Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust to make improvements at an underground car park in response to concerns from local people.

The move follows incidents of vandalism and theft from cars parked in the council-owned car park in High Street, near St James' Street, Brighton, and concerns about it being used for drug taking.

Now the kiosk is being converted into a ‘Tardis’ style police box as a base for local community police officers, to provide a high profile police presence in the car park. It will also be used as a venue by the police for neighbourhood surgeries. Brighton & Hove City Council leader, Councillor Mary Mears, and Inspector David Derrick, from Brighton & Hove police, took part in a  photocall ton Thursday.

The interior of the car park is going to be painted brilliant white by offenders as part of a Community Payback scheme organised by the probation service which, when completed, will create a clean, welcoming impression for car park users and a deterrent for vandalism and anti-social behaviour

A locally based drugs outreach worker, from Crime Reduction Initiatives, will be carrying out ongoing work on behalf of the city council to help drug users in the area to get help and treatment.

The local community is also getting involved, with businesses and residents brightening up the surrounding area with plants and flowers.

Staff from the council's environment improvement team are co-ordinating the project and came up with the eyecatching idea of turning the former attendant's hut into a Dr Who style police box, using poster-style panels to give the kiosk its new look.

Brighton & Hove City Council leader, Councillor Mary Mears, said: "This is a real team effort. Residents and local business people told us they were fed up with the car park being used for anti-social behaviour and we have worked with the police, probation service and the local community to do something practical about it.

"The police box will provide a high profile police presence - and hopefully raise a few smiles among Dr Who fans at the same time!"

Inspector David Derrick, head of Central Brighton's Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "This initiative is a great example of the local neighbourhood policing team and council working together, reacting to community needs. We will be based right within the community, making the team even more accessible. This is not a police station, but local residents are welcome to pop by and get crime prevention advice and make appointments to see officers."

Arthur Wing, Director of Intervention at Surrey & Sussex Probation Trust, said: "Offenders are working hard on this project to create a safer and more welcoming environment in the car park and reduce further incidents of crime in the area. This is an excellent way of them paying back the community for the harm they have caused by their offending."

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