Although we've been critical of the patchy spread of 'community support' as police/council budget patrols are now tagged. They seem to spend most of their resources on the other side of the City. Its good to report that your representations over repeated motorcycle activity on the Park Farm riverside Green Wheel Cycle and footpath particularly after dark, has finally been noted and actioned.
Teams of undercover agents, some on push bikes, have been patrolling the patch. And not just in daylight hours.... but rather than spoil the story, here is Peterborough Police Sergeant Warren Bottell:
An update regarding Community Enforcement Team activity. Over the last couple of weeks my officers have been out in the community patrolling to reduce Anti-social behaviour in different parts of the City. In particular we have been out on foot and cycles in;
Benyon Grove, Orton Malborne- We have kept an eye out for the illegal motorbike riders in the area, but had not located any since last time, We have had no further crimes reported for criminal damage and no reported ASB in the area.
Grove Court - Woodston. We have conducted extensive patrols in and around the Community Centre and local shops, speaking to shop keepers and residents. We have learnt about where street drinkers congregate and some of the other places ASB lives in the community. Evening patrols have been completed and further anti-social behaviour deterred.
The Pyramid Centre - several evening patrols made, no anti-social behaviour found but speaking to shop keepers, they are still experiencing local youths who play football in the square. Some residents around the shops find this behaviour intimidating and although it is not against the law does impact on the perception that anti-social behaviour is happening.
Paston - Patrols have been conducted in and around Chadburn to reduce anti-social behaviour. 4 local youths now have acceptable behaviour contracts issued in conjunction with Cross Keys Homes, which has helped to reduce ASB in the area.
Westwood - Officers have been out on foot patrols around the Hampton Court shops, speaking with shop keepers and some of the local young people. Residents have reported feeling intimidated by youngsters hanging around the area.
The team assisted City Council officials in boarding up a property in Park Road to prevent it being used by squatters. No squatters were found in the premises but there was information that 6 persons had been staying at the location.
Over the last couple of weeks there had been an increase in the number of vehicles that had been broken into during the night around Hampton Hargate, but following information from a resident in Hampton Hargate last Friday, the suspect for these thefts was identified, arrested the same day and charged with several crimes relating to the series.
Officers have been working with agents from Cross Keys homes to tackle anti-social behaviour at a flat in Deene Ct Westwood. The flat is now closed and the ASB reduced. Patrols have been ongoing in Hampton Ct, Westwood following a consultation exercise with residents in February.
Over the last couple of days we have been responding to information from the local community in Stanground and Park Farm regarding illegal motorbikes, speeding along Coneygree Road and Anti-social behaviour on the Greenwheel footpath running at the back of Park Farm.
Officers have been out with the handheld speed gun monitoring traffic. Plain clothes officers have been conducting cycle patrols along the green wheel cycle and footpath and keeping an ear and eye out for motorbikes.
Several residents have contacted us with a name for a motorbike rider who was causing issues in Stanground. Keep the reports coming in and phone them through to 101 BUT get a crime number! If the 'suspects' are still in sight call 999.
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