Police 'Tardis' contact point aims to cut anti-social behaviour

Bournemouth Echo: CONTACT: A Dorset Police van parked in Boscombe Precinct as an advice point CONTACT: A Dorset Police van parked in Boscombe Precinct as an advice point

POLICE are considering installing a ‘Tardis’ in Boscombe Precinct to cut down anti-social behaviour.

They are hoping to put a modern police-style contact point at a point in the precinct that is a “hub” for local street drinkers.

Boscombe Police are drawing up ideas to put before the planning board.

PC Will Martindale told the April meeting of the area’s business forum: “The Inspector would like to put a ‘Tardis’ outside McDonalds.

“There are issues in that area and this would be putting our stamp back in the area.

“Hopefully we will be able to staff it fairly regularly and hopefully there will be local businesses applying for sponsorship. The designs are being drawn up so watch this space.”

Cllr Jane Kelly, Boscombe West, said: “I think having the ‘Tardis’ there will deter any anti-social behaviour by giving the police a permanent presence.”

Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts, of Boscombe West, has been calling for the return of police boxes in Boscombe for years.

He said updated versions could be used for reporting crime and would make the public feel safer.

He raised the idea with former Boscombe Inspector Mark Kelly in 2008.

Boscombe Police have been parking a police van outside McDonalds on Thursdays and Saturdays – the market days.

PC Will Martindale told the April meeting of the Boscombe business forum: “It’s our hub, unfortunately, for anti-social behaviour.”

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11:40am Tue 1 May 12

Baywolf says...

Maybe daily routine police officers on the beat would be a better idea, sadly with governement cuts that is unlikely but what a sad way to underline the problems within Boscombe
Maybe daily routine police officers on the beat would be a better idea, sadly with governement cuts that is unlikely but what a sad way to underline the problems within Boscombe Baywolf
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11:53am Tue 1 May 12

X Old Bill says...

Once upon a time Bournemouth Borough Police had real Police 'Boxes' - Not like the London ones that Doctor who used, but actual locations where people could go to report things - (and a beat Bobby could go to have quiet smokeo).
Once upon a time Bournemouth Borough Police had real Police 'Boxes' - Not like the London ones that Doctor who used, but actual locations where people could go to report things - (and a beat Bobby could go to have quiet smokeo). X Old Bill
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11:56am Tue 1 May 12

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

They have my full support. That particular region of Boscombe is so seedy and down-n-out it beggars belief. So often do I feel uncomfortable walking around there with loud mouth louts and mindless thugs trapsing around like they own the place with no respect for others. When I need to shop at places like Iceland or take my child to McDonald's I should have the freedom to look forward to the experience. Quite the contrary...
They have my full support. That particular region of Boscombe is so seedy and down-n-out it beggars belief. So often do I feel uncomfortable walking around there with loud mouth louts and mindless thugs trapsing around like they own the place with no respect for others. When I need to shop at places like Iceland or take my child to McDonald's I should have the freedom to look forward to the experience. Quite the contrary... ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
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12:04pm Tue 1 May 12

ShuttleX says...

"Cllr Jane Kelly, Boscombe West, said: “I think having the ‘Tardis’ there will deter any anti-social behaviour by giving the police a permanent presence.”

You will notice that once again Cllr Kelly seems to be living in dream world. Where does she get the idea that this will mean a permanent police presence in Boscombe? If she bothered to listen to what PC Martindale says, ie “Hopefully we will be able to staff it fairly regularly and hopefully there will be local businesses applying for sponsorship," she will see that this is nothing but a gimmick that has not been thought out, and will not be manned by police officers permanently like she seems to think. That is of course if proper police bother to turn up. If it does go ahead, it will be manned by powerless PCSO's. How about a proper police presence in Boscombe and a zero tollerance policy towards druggies/drunks/begg
ers and anti social behaviour?. I've seen police turning a blind eye to those breaking the no drinking in public ban, obviously because they don't want the reams of paperwork. Police and PCSO ignoring cyclists riding through Boscombe. Ask any store security in Boscombe how long it takes for the Police to arrive to deal with shoplifters, if they turn up at all. Most stores tell their staff to just kick the shoplifters out and ban them. The Police and the Council couldn't care less about Boscombe, and no amount of waffle by the likes of Cllr Kelly will change that. Staying on the gravy train comes to mind.
"Cllr Jane Kelly, Boscombe West, said: “I think having the ‘Tardis’ there will deter any anti-social behaviour by giving the police a permanent presence.” You will notice that once again Cllr Kelly seems to be living in dream world. Where does she get the idea that this will mean a permanent police presence in Boscombe? If she bothered to listen to what PC Martindale says, ie “Hopefully we will be able to staff it fairly regularly and hopefully there will be local businesses applying for sponsorship," she will see that this is nothing but a gimmick that has not been thought out, and will not be manned by police officers permanently like she seems to think. That is of course if proper police bother to turn up. If it does go ahead, it will be manned by powerless PCSO's. How about a proper police presence in Boscombe and a zero tollerance policy towards druggies/drunks/begg ers and anti social behaviour?. I've seen police turning a blind eye to those breaking the no drinking in public ban, obviously because they don't want the reams of paperwork. Police and PCSO ignoring cyclists riding through Boscombe. Ask any store security in Boscombe how long it takes for the Police to arrive to deal with shoplifters, if they turn up at all. Most stores tell their staff to just kick the shoplifters out and ban them. The Police and the Council couldn't care less about Boscombe, and no amount of waffle by the likes of Cllr Kelly will change that. Staying on the gravy train comes to mind. ShuttleX
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12:14pm Tue 1 May 12

The Renegade Master says...

A police "Tardis" in Boscombe will not make the slightest bit of difference to the drunks and druggies who cause the unsociable behaviour. All that's likely to happen is that it will be vandalised within the first few days of it being open. A complete waste of time and money. That money should be used to pay for a couple of policemen to be on foot patrol there between midday and midnight instead.
A police "Tardis" in Boscombe will not make the slightest bit of difference to the drunks and druggies who cause the unsociable behaviour. All that's likely to happen is that it will be vandalised within the first few days of it being open. A complete waste of time and money. That money should be used to pay for a couple of policemen to be on foot patrol there between midday and midnight instead. The Renegade Master
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12:17pm Tue 1 May 12

Bob49 says...

"Maybe daily routine police officers on the beat would be a better idea" said the spokesman for the flat earth society.

Perhaps they could twirl their boton and whistle a meery tune as they go about their business, stopping only to ruffle the heads of young scamps and helping old ladies across the road.

Boscombe has problems because of the people who live their. Those with drink and drug problems. Disperse them back to whence they came, which could easily be done by stopping landlords from earning a small fortune housing these people in what are no more than slums.

Deal with the cause, not the effect.
"Maybe daily routine police officers on the beat would be a better idea" said the spokesman for the flat earth society. Perhaps they could twirl their boton and whistle a meery tune as they go about their business, stopping only to ruffle the heads of young scamps and helping old ladies across the road. Boscombe has problems because of the people who live their. Those with drink and drug problems. Disperse them back to whence they came, which could easily be done by stopping landlords from earning a small fortune housing these people in what are no more than slums. Deal with the cause, not the effect. Bob49
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1:07pm Tue 1 May 12

MikeFrench says...

I have every respect for the police who patrol Boscombe but a 'tardis' will make no difference.
Crime doesn't just happen on Christchurch road.........
I have every respect for the police who patrol Boscombe but a 'tardis' will make no difference. Crime doesn't just happen on Christchurch road......... MikeFrench
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1:54pm Tue 1 May 12

Controversial But True says...

Just ditch those crappy PCSO's
Just ditch those crappy PCSO's Controversial But True
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3:15pm Tue 1 May 12

wonderway says...

why do councilors and police want to spend money on wasteful ideas, when regeneration office for council was opened in roumelia lane police were to share facility why waste more money on stupid ideas, councilor kelly has not a clue get facts before try to get your name in echo, the police dont use powers they have get them on beat put in zero tolerance and charge every breach of anti social behavior in that area this story is just spin for councilors and police who do nothing constructive but try and spend tax payers money pcso's should be wandering around one at time from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week not in pairs holding each others hands
why do councilors and police want to spend money on wasteful ideas, when regeneration office for council was opened in roumelia lane police were to share facility why waste more money on stupid ideas, councilor kelly has not a clue get facts before try to get your name in echo, the police dont use powers they have get them on beat put in zero tolerance and charge every breach of anti social behavior in that area this story is just spin for councilors and police who do nothing constructive but try and spend tax payers money pcso's should be wandering around one at time from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week not in pairs holding each others hands wonderway
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3:28pm Tue 1 May 12

derek_acorah says...

"The Inspector would like to put a ‘Tardis’ outside McDonalds."

It's the 'cure all' for policing in the modern world. Wherever there are problems, the knee jerk reaction is always to install a prop from a science fiction programme. Expect to see a model of the 'Liberator' from Blakes 7 in Rossmore, and some Triffids in Turlin Moor. More useful would be 'Rover' (the big balloon thing that chased people) from 'The Prisoner'. At least it would be able to assist the police in thier duties, by persuing criminals.
"The Inspector would like to put a ‘Tardis’ outside McDonalds." It's the 'cure all' for policing in the modern world. Wherever there are problems, the knee jerk reaction is always to install a prop from a science fiction programme. Expect to see a model of the 'Liberator' from Blakes 7 in Rossmore, and some Triffids in Turlin Moor. More useful would be 'Rover' (the big balloon thing that chased people) from 'The Prisoner'. At least it would be able to assist the police in thier duties, by persuing criminals. derek_acorah
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4:12pm Tue 1 May 12

Baywolf says...

Bob49 wrote:
"Maybe daily routine police officers on the beat would be a better idea" said the spokesman for the flat earth society.

Perhaps they could twirl their boton and whistle a meery tune as they go about their business, stopping only to ruffle the heads of young scamps and helping old ladies across the road.

Boscombe has problems because of the people who live their. Those with drink and drug problems. Disperse them back to whence they came, which could easily be done by stopping landlords from earning a small fortune housing these people in what are no more than slums.

Deal with the cause, not the effect.
Dear Bob, the cause is the lack of street police on a daily basis. Maybe if people thought they could not venture out drunk and disorderly or stoned on whatever and get away with it maybe the street policing would address the cause...not the cure.
[quote][p][bold]Bob49[/bold] wrote: "Maybe daily routine police officers on the beat would be a better idea" said the spokesman for the flat earth society. Perhaps they could twirl their boton and whistle a meery tune as they go about their business, stopping only to ruffle the heads of young scamps and helping old ladies across the road. Boscombe has problems because of the people who live their. Those with drink and drug problems. Disperse them back to whence they came, which could easily be done by stopping landlords from earning a small fortune housing these people in what are no more than slums. Deal with the cause, not the effect.[/p][/quote]Dear Bob, the cause is the lack of street police on a daily basis. Maybe if people thought they could not venture out drunk and disorderly or stoned on whatever and get away with it maybe the street policing would address the cause...not the cure. Baywolf
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4:13pm Tue 1 May 12

Bob49 says...

"should be wandering around one at time from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week "

and the likelihood of them, coincidentally, being close to a crime is miniscule - in fact virtually zilch, as their presence merely moves the problem elsewhere.

We need less of this absurd Daily Mail style pandering and more actually dealing with the problems. If drug dealing is going on outside Macdonalds then plonking a 'tadis' there will simply move it elsewhere, somewhere a 'copper on the beat' can show them it is safe to deal.

If drug/drink users are banned from shops then ban them from the whole area. Simply allowing landlords to profit from exhorbitant rents whilst their tenants 'run wild' is completely ignoring the cause.

But then, they may well be their intention.
"should be wandering around one at time from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week " and the likelihood of them, coincidentally, being close to a crime is miniscule - in fact virtually zilch, as their presence merely moves the problem elsewhere. We need less of this absurd Daily Mail style pandering and more actually dealing with the problems. If drug dealing is going on outside Macdonalds then plonking a 'tadis' there will simply move it elsewhere, somewhere a 'copper on the beat' can show them it is safe to deal. If drug/drink users are banned from shops then ban them from the whole area. Simply allowing landlords to profit from exhorbitant rents whilst their tenants 'run wild' is completely ignoring the cause. But then, they may well be their intention. Bob49
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5:14pm Tue 1 May 12

muscliffman says...

Cracking idea! Put the whole area into this Tardis and go back about forty years.
Start by preventing lovely family homes becoming HMOs, to the benefit of greedy Landlords (and others, no doubt).
Then don't build the Sovereign Centre in it's present ugly form, do not pedestrianise the main Christchurch Road - and retain the lovely yellow trolleybuses that used to glide along it. Do not close the Railway Station.
Discourage the conversion and demolition of Hotels south of the main road and their replacement by more, but purpose built, HMOs.
Do not sell off Honeycombe Chine in (allegedly) dodgy circumstances, do not build an associated useless 'surf reef' with adjoining unsaleable 'surf pods' do not turn Boscombe Pier into a crumbling jetty.........etc.
Above all elect different and more far effectual ward Councillors and employ competent Council Officers.
Most importantly enable and enforce proper Policing with no pointless publicly funded gimmicks.
Cracking idea! Put the whole area into this Tardis and go back about forty years. Start by preventing lovely family homes becoming HMOs, to the benefit of greedy Landlords (and others, no doubt). Then don't build the Sovereign Centre in it's present ugly form, do not pedestrianise the main Christchurch Road - and retain the lovely yellow trolleybuses that used to glide along it. Do not close the Railway Station. Discourage the conversion and demolition of Hotels south of the main road and their replacement by more, but purpose built, HMOs. Do not sell off Honeycombe Chine in (allegedly) dodgy circumstances, do not build an associated useless 'surf reef' with adjoining unsaleable 'surf pods' do not turn Boscombe Pier into a crumbling jetty.........etc. Above all elect different and more far effectual ward Councillors and employ competent Council Officers. Most importantly enable and enforce proper Policing with no pointless publicly funded gimmicks. muscliffman
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