The recently set up Community Enforcement Team currently working out of council offices in Central Peterborough, effectively replacing traditional policing in Peterborough and surroundings with a multi agency approach has released its report for January 2016.
Bearing in mind that resources are stretched to breaking point, the majority of CET activity has been repeatedly targeted at the problem/slum, high density areas of the City as recorded below. The same highly patrolled neighbourhoods, also have highly vocal Councillors, and the Local MP lives over that way. That pattern is clearly likely to continue.
You might well wonder what has been happening in South Peterborough, Cardea, Stanground, East Stanground and Fletton.
You may say very little, we've not seen PCSO's in Park Farm, Stanground Central for some time now. Simply the Peterborough Tribune, (this blog) has been directing callers / enquiries directly to 101.
The weight of those calls seems to have prompted the CEF to consider daytime patrols 'at some time in the future' in our South Peterborough neighbourhoods. Simply we currently seem to be getting a below average service, but it will take time for matters to bed in, the good point is that 101 is working much better now and calls are being put through much faster.
Here is Sgt Warren Bottells, latest report:
In January 2016, we have been working on the following issues:-
Twenty three Anti social Behaviour [ASB] investigations reported to Police. These cases vary in complexity but generally involve neighbour disputes and issues around environmental nuisance - groups of persons congregating causing the fear of crime, rowdy behaviour and noisy parties, school bullying. They sometimes need advice being given, or referrals to other agencies and partnership work within the Safer Peterborough Partnership. We work closely with the Council ASB team, social services, housing and environmental health departments. ASB investigations usually take a couple of months on average to iron out the issue for really complex cases, but can usually be resolved fairly quickly.
One case recently resulted in an application for a criminal behaviour order to be applied for in order to reduce neighbour issues.
We often get calls about Anti-social behaviour that is not targeting anyone in particular but causes a fear of crime and impacts on how members of the public feel about their communities. We tackle these by conducting patrols.
In January we have put time in to patrolling the Pyramid Centre in Bretton, we have identified a group of people who seem to hang around for no real reason other than to socialise with each other, in doing so they ride cycles around the centre, they sometimes shout at each other and are generally rowdy.
We will now start some targeted interventions to reduce the ASB being caused, particularly in the evenings. I have arranged for additional patrols by PCSO’s to be conducted 8 times a month in Bretton in support of this work. We will be channelling the younger members of the group to work with the youth in localities team who run a youth club in the centre on Thursday evenings.
We have been patrolling areas of North Bretton and Westwood to reduce the opportunity for robberies to occur, following a spate of robberies in this area. The patrols were conducted by officers in uniform, supported by plain clothes officers on cycles. We have been conducting some intensive patrols in Paston, particularly in Chadburn, Whitwell, Crabtree and Sheepwalk.
These areas also have an issue with a small group of children who are causing a significant amount of concern within the community, causing damage, being abusive, hanging around, riding bikes at people and causing problems for local shops.
We have started to clamp down on their activities and we are in the process of gathering evidence against some of them so that we can apply for injunctions (formally known as ASBOs) to control their behaviour. We have arrested one youth and reported others for minor offences relating to litter and cycle riding.
We have investigated crimes we suspect they are involved in. We are working closely with Cross Keys Homes who take firm action regarding breaches of tenancy agreements, including by the children and visitors of the tenants. We have referred members of this group to ASB officers in the council for targeted work to reduce offending.
We have been providing a highly visible presence in the City Centre. Keeping an eye on the suspicious, speaking to those causing concern and patrolling vulnerable locations. The City Centre was recently subject to a spate of night time burglaries, so we changed our duties to work later into the night to prevent and deter this criminal activity.
We have conducted patrols in and around the Herlington Centre, particularly Benyon Grove where the residents have been subjected to criminal damage by people using the footpath near to the BMX track. We resolved the spraying of graffiti on fences in the alleyway by getting the youths responsible to clean it off, writing apology letters and explaining their actions to the homeowners. (this work is ongoing
We have applied for and executed a warrant in Montague Road, which resulted in 2 persons being found in possession of Class B drugs. We have engaged with one of our most prolific criminals resulting in an arrest and charge for volume crime offences.
We recently policed a demonstration held in the city centre and changed duties to assist in the Policing of the City Centre during the night at the weekends. We have also assisted with the Holocaust memorial event held recently.
We have had a meeting with youth workers to look at a project designed to reduce illegal motorbike riding in the short term.
Looking forward to February we will be conducting daytime patrols around Central Park, working within the Regional college and conducting ASB patrols in the evenings around Orton Malborne, Paston, Hampton Court, Lutton Grove, The Pyramid Centre.
Looking further on, we are projecting patrol locations to be in and around Orton Goldhay, Dogsthorpe, Woodston, Stanground and Hampton Hargate.
I hope you have found this information reassuring and gives you an insight into the type of work we have been doing.
Sgt Warren Bottell / Community Enforcement Team / Bayard Place
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