Mak­ing progress in cut­ting crime this Christ­mas

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Chief In­spec­tor John Frayne

As we ap­proach 2010, I would like to wish you all a happy and pros­per­ous New Year. My staff and I are work­ing hard to en­sure that you are able to en­joy a safe and happy time and, as you know, we are run­ning a num­ber of op­er­a­tions di­rected at re­duc­ing theft and re­duc­ing crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour re­lat­ing to the fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions. I am al­ready en­cour­aged by the re­sults of th­ese, which show neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cers mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact with our young peo­ple. The ma­jor­ity of young peo­ple have been good-spir­ited and po­lite, with a small mi­nor­ity in pos­ses­sion of al­co­hol that my of­fi­cers con­fis­cated and con­tacted their par­ents about. By in­ter­ven­ing early in the evening, it helps to pre­vent sit­u­a­tions that might de­velop into anti-so­cial be­hav­iour later in the evening. I’m sure many would agree a phone call from the po­lice ask­ing you to come and col­lect your drunken teenager is prefer­able to get­ting a call stat­ing they have been ar­rested and are in po­lice cus­tody for com­mit­ting dam­age. It goes to show the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties we all share to keep the district, and each other safe. Pubs, clubs and off-li­cences also have a big re­spon­si­bil­ity, both legally and morally, to en­sure they do not serve drunk peo­ple, and do not serve al­co­hol to un­der­age res­i­dents. I’m pleased to say that the vast ma­jor­ity of li­censees in the district are very re­spon­si­ble and work closely with my li­cens­ing of­fi­cer, PC Ju­lian Postleth­waite, to­wards a safe night-time econ­omy. If you are go­ing out to wel­come in the New Year with a bang, re­mem­ber to ap­point a des­ig­nated driver, or book a taxi well in ad­vance. Start­ing the new year in cus­tody, pos­si­bly with a se­ri­ous charge be­cause of drink-driv­ing, is not what any one wants to do. It just re­mains for me to pass on my very best wishes to you and yours for 2010.

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