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"Speak up if you're suffering from anti-social behaviour"

Taunton town centre

Councillors in Taunton today want to hear about experiences of anti-social behaviour in the town.

They'll be at the town's Albemarle Centre between 9am and 5pm.

It's to try and build-up a picture of the problems, before coming up with a list of possible solutions.

It follows concerns from businsses, shoppers, locals and visitors.

Councillor Ian Morrell, who is chairing the project, said: "We are all suffering problems due to crime and anti-social behaviour in Taunton. 

The public deserves better. 

"We are therefore keen to engage with the public in order to ensure a safe environment for people to live, shop and trade. 

"Experiences will prove invaluable in helping us to scrutinise organisations whose role it is to protect us."

"The council's scrutiny committee set up a task and finish group to take a broad look at the issues and identify possible solutions.

"The review is taking a broad look at the issues and their impact on residents, retailers, hospitals, shoppers and visitors. 

"It is running independently of the streetwise multi-agency effort, which has been established to minimise the causes and problems of rough sleeping, begging and anti-social behaviour."

Click play to hear Councillor Ian Morrell speaking to reporter Andrew Kay

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