8000 residents call council anti-social behaviour hotline

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By Ben Finch and Oliver Duggan

Eight thousand residents have used the borough’s 24-hour anti-social behaviour hotline in the last six months, the council revealed this week.

The hotline, which was created by the Islington Fairness Commission, a Council body set up in 2010, has received more than 1,000 calls a month from disgruntled locals since it started in February.

From February to August 2012, two-thirds of the calls were at night, and most related to noise from neighbours or public disturbances. 4,308 calls were made after sundown, and 1,920 visits were made in response to urgent problems.

Following the release of the report, leader of the Council, Catherine West, said: “We’re on our residents’ side and determined to make Islington a fairer place for all, though this is not an easy task at a time of unprecedented government cuts.”

The service brings together expertise from community safety teams, a noise patrol, estate management services and a new intelligence gathering unit. It is paid for by local social housing providers.