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Update on town centre issues

A specialist team has been set up to tackle antisocial behaviour related to drug use in Mansfield Town Centre and reduce the impact this is having on visitors and businesses.

The dedicated Town Centre team has Mansfield District Council's Neighbourhood Wardens, Antisocial behaviour officers and CCTV operators, working alongside Nottinghamshire Police officers and PCSOs.

The use of Mamba is on the increase across the country and many towns and cities are facing the same challenges.

The council is working with Framework and the Mental Health outreach team to signpost Mamba users to support services to help them with their addictions and any housing issues while also working with the police to take enforcement action where necessary. The council is funding this targeted outreach with support from the Police and Crime Commissioner. 

From Monday 11 June, there will be increased police activity with support from the council's neighbourhood wardens and antisocial behaviour team. 

Mansfield is seen as a generous community but members of the public who are keen to help those that appear to be homeless are reminded not to give cash. Instead people are advised to donate money to recognised charities such as Framework that provide support services - this is called diverted giving. You can find various ways to donate at 

Hayley Barsby, Chief Executive at Mansfield District Council, said: "We want to reassure residents and visitors that we are working with our partners to do all we can to tackle these complex issues.

"We are committed to ensuring Mansfield is a place where people want to live, work and visit. We want to reassure you that help is available through our outreach teams for those that choose to accept it but we will also continue to take enforcement action to reduce drug related behaviour in the town centre where appropriate."


Enforcement action includes the use of dispersal notices banning people from the town centre, followed by Community Protection Warnings (CPWs) and Notices (CPNs) which have specific conditions attached. Breaches of these can lead to court appearances where magistrates can impose Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) with the option of prison for any further breaches.

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