Cases of anti-social behaviour across the city have risen by 10pc in just one year.

Data compiled from Norfolk Constabulary's crime map has revealed an increase from 255 offences in May 2022 to 281 in May 2023.

Almost half of the cases took place in Norwich East, while the north of the city saw incidents rise by more than 42pc.

Norwich Evening News: Almost half of the cases took place in Norwich EastAlmost half of the cases took place in Norwich East (Image: Newsquest)

Deputy leader of the Labour Group at Norfolk County Council, Emma Corlett, said the increase should come as no surprise and attached blame to government cuts to social services and increased pressure on police.

"Given the context it really isn't that surprising," she said.

"There have been so many cuts that there is a real lack of opportunities for younger people.

Norwich Evening News: Emma CorlettEmma Corlett (Image: Emma Corlett)

"There are some great things happening at a grass-roots level to tackle this.

"But police and social services are under so much pressure and there just aren't the resources to cope."

Despite the overall city-wide increase, both Norwich South - which saw a slight drop from 31 cases to 28 - and Norwich West - 51 to 31 - managed to buck this trend.

This means the majority of incidents were reported in the north and east.

Cops in Norwich East have recently announced a crackdown on anti-social behaviour - particularly around the city centre.

This includes a focus on key areas such as Bowthorpe, Hellesdon and New Catton, as well as public parks.

Speaking on the 10pc rise, Norwich Inspector Kerry Woodbine said: "Our Safer Neighbourhood Teams have been conducting targeted patrols around anti-social behaviour hotspot areas and hold engagement events in key areas which give people the opportunity to discuss any concerns with us. Through the SNAP process officers are encouraging people to report anti-social behaviour.

"We work closely with partner agencies such as councils and housing associations to look at longer term problem solving of some of these issues and spend time in schools to educate younger people on crime and behaviour in the community.

"For those prolific offenders of anti-social behaviour, our Operational Partnership Team may look at Community Protections Warnings, Notices and Orders to help address these issues.

"The year 2022-2023 was the first year with no conditions or restrictions after Covid-19.

"We will continue to work with partner agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour around Norwich alongside proactive targeted patrols.

“We encourage people to report incidents to us on 101 or via the Norfolk Police website so they can be addressed.”