27 July, 2021
As part of National ASB Awareness Week, we teamed up with colleagues at The Guinness Partnership and West Yorkshire Police on Friday 23rd July 2021 to focus on locally-based initiatives for tackling cuckooing in our neighbourhoods.
This partnership-focussed session was able to capture the essence of ASB Awareness Week as effective multi-agency working is essential in order for us to protect vulnerable victims and achieve successful outcomes for the wider community.
Our Head of Housing Consultancy, Darren Burton was joined by Inspector Michael Cox (Serious & Organised Crime Co-ordinator), Jess Clayton (Force Drugs Co-ordinator) and Guinness staff from throughout the UK.
The discussions which took place continued to highlight the important role that Housing can play when dealing with these increasingly prominent issues. This included local knowledge, evidence gathering, information sharing, education, awareness and resident consultation. Delegates also explored the impact of cannabis cultivation in Social Housing properties.
Inspector Cox provided an overview of the recently established "Operation Cuckoo" and actively encouraged Registered Housing Providers to become involved whenever they receive intelligence to suggest that cuckooing and county lines is suspected within a particular locality. He also emphasised the importance of having access to direct points of contacts within organisations to avoid delays and prevent encountering barriers to information sharing.
If you are a Registered Housing Provider with properties in West Yorkshire and would like to find out more about "Operation Cuckoo", please contact Darren on Darren.Burton@forbessolicitors.co.uk or Tel: 07976 265555.