Belfast Telegraph

Behaviour getting better

The Housing Executive claims it is making “significant progress” in addressing reported cases of anti-social behaviour in south Belfast, thanks to its partnership with restorative justice groups.

It says 104 incidents of anti-social behaviour were reported to the south Belfast district office over the past year, all but one of which were resolved without the need for legal action.

Liam Kinney, district manager, said: “The majority of reports were relatively low level incidents mainly relating to noise nuisance.

“Most cases can be resolved by the use of warning letters, acceptable behaviour contracts or referral to our mediation service.”

The Housing Executive teamed up with two Belfast based groups — Northern Ireland Alternatives and Community Restorative Justice Ireland — last year and Mr Kinney said the partnership was bearing fruit.

“Over the past 12 months we have seen a significant increase in mediation referrals. This approach is clearly having a positive impact but there is still much more that can |be achieved.

Across the city there was a total of 759 cases of anti-social behaviour, 43 of which required further investigation and action.

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