The million pound refurbishment to Lynn’s bus station two years ago may have made it a more attractive place to be, but sadly this has encouraged anti-social behaviour there.
That’s according to one officer who oversees issues of this type in the town.
Sgt Adam Oliver said that the “huge increase” in anti-social behaviour at the bus station since January was down to a number of factors.
He said: “It’s a nice area since it’s been improved, and people like using the free WiFi.
“A couple of different groups are causing the problems. It’s youngsters looking for things to do who are intimidating just being there in their groups.
“Then there are the older groups who are homeless or street drinkers, it’s just not a nice sight if the first thing people see when they come here is groups of alcoholics.
“We are trying to tackle it and we have a zero tolerance policy.”
He said that there had been more than 70 interventions – including arrests and dispersal orders – at the “profile area” since January.
West Norfolk Council, its housing department and the Prince’s Trust have all been getting involved to help prevent this kind of behaviour and offer accommodation, training and advice.
Stagecoach officials, who run a number of services from the bus station, have revealed they are pleased with the results of the interventions.
Operations manager at Stagecoach in Norfolk Simon Tramalloni said: “We’re delighted to have seen a massive reduction in the instances of anti-social behaviour around the bus station over recent months.
“It’s a great example of how local people benefit when different agencies choose to work together for the good of the community.
“We want our bus station to be a welcoming and safe space for town residents, and visitors too, and we are grateful for the enhanced police and PCSO presence that is having such a positive impact.”