Safer streets blitz hailed a suc­cess

SUM­MER CRACK­DOWN: Po­lice say crime re­duced by 25 per cent

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­

A CRACK­DOWN on sum­mer crime is be­ing hailed a suc­cess by po­lice.

Ash­ford bor­ough’s Safer Sum­mer cam­paign saw the neigh­bour­hood polic­ing unit carry out var­i­ous ini­tia­tives in iden­ti­fied hotspots.

Po­lice bosses say the cam­paign saw an over­all re­duc­tion of 25 per cent for all crimes and a 38 per cent re­duc­tion in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour re­ported in the district.

Po­lice of­fi­cers and Po­lice Com­mu­nity Sup­port Of­fi­cers pa­trolled all schools at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals to de­ter youths from gath­er­ing in the grounds and to pre­vent dam­age dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

They made more than 130 vis­its to schools in the area and care­tak­ers and con­trac­tors were ad­vised about site se­cu­rity. There were no re­ports of dam­age or anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in or around school premises.

PCSOs took the Hawk­eye overt sur­veil­lance van to the area around the Stour Cen­tre, Sin­gle­ton lakes and car park, Mill Court and other ar­eas in the town.

Eureka Busi­ness Park and Vic­to­ria Park were also reg­u­larly pa­trolled.

Un­der-age drink­ing and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour ini­tia­tives were car­ried out within Stour Ward in Ash­ford in­clud­ing the skate park, Memo­rial Gar­dens and sur­round­ing streets, which were pa­trolled by PSCOs work­ing with town beat of­fi­cers on Thurs­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights through­out the sum­mer.

This re­sulted in 22 al­co­hol con­fis­ca­tions, two warn­ings for cannabis pos­ses­sion, and a to­tal of 215 youths spo­ken to, in­clud­ing boy rac­ers in El­wick Road car park.

Insp An­drew Judd said: “The Neigh- bour­hood team is de­lighted with the re­sults achieved dur­ing Safer Sum­mer.

“An on­go­ing ini­tia­tive to en­sure that a vis­i­ble pres­ence is main­tained in ar­eas of high re­port­ing of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour will con­tinue across the whole district, fo­cus­ing on ar­eas where anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is re­ported.”

Insp An­drew Judd

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