New IT system to protect people

Councillor Sharon Blank
Councillor Sharon Blank
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A scheme to protect victims of anti-social behaviour which has been trialled in Chesterfield is to be rolled out across Derbyshire.

The new IT system, introduced by the Chesterfield Community Safety Partnership in April this year, allows authorities including Chesterfield Council and Derbyshire Police to share information about anti-social behaviour to try to avoid victims slipping through the net.

It records all live cases and officers dealing with anti-social behaviour, to track cases, support victims and record action taken against perpetrators.

The system was adopted in response to the deaths of Fiona Pilkington and her daughter Frankie Hardwick in Leicestershire in 2007.

Despite making more than 30 reports of anti-social behaviour to Leicestershire Police, their problems were not resolved, resulting in Ms Pilkington killing herself and her daughter.

Coun Sharon Blank, Chesterfield Council’s executive member for customers and communities, said: “We take anti-social behaviour seriously and this system has allowed us to communicate with partners more efficiently.”