Warren Bottell (Police, Sergeant, Peterborough)
Community Enforcement Team May Update. (published June)
Please find below a short update from my team regarding the work we have been completing in May 2016. I normally like to send these messages out every couple of weeks to keep you updated. I apologise for the delay in sending this one out.
Previously I reported that Police Community Support Officers from Thorpe Wood would be working with City Council officers to conduct patrols in and around the City. Well these patrols have started. Some of you may have noticed joint patrols in and around the City Centre by a PCSO or Police Officer with a City Council Officer wearing a blue jacket. These patrols have been implemented to introduce this new way of working and to start to have some impact in addressing some of the issues in the City Centre by interacting with beggars, homeless persons, Bridge Street cyclists, providing advice and providing support where required.
The patrols are also starting to stretch out into other areas of the city to provide a presence to reassure residents and prevent offences. It is early days (!) for this service to be fully effective but
it is a start.
Work has been done to support a homeless man who is camping by the river on the Green Wheel. He has been visited numerous times by the Police and homeless outreach worker and has been moved on from where he was.
A youth from Houghton Ave has been reported for prosecution following complaints from resident in the area regarding him riding a motorbike illegally on the road and footpaths around the Green wheel.
A community consultation exercise was conducted jointly with the City Council in and around Park Farm to gather information on local issues, in particular illegal motorbike riding.
PBROTRIBNOTE: This is the first we have officially heard of this community consultation probably as Cllr Irene Walsh ( who is supposed to be tasked with the enforcement brief.....and should perhaps be writing these reports... ) and Cllr Chris Harper ...... like to keep these matters to just a select few. Cllr Harper after 6 years inglorious years still has just a few hundred following him on social media. (Yes we do read it, although blocked...)
For the record eighteen incidents recently, have at our suggestion, been reported by Park Farm residents on the premium phone line and direct to the PCC.
We now advise all residents to record incidents on www.fixmystreet and to actively boycott the USA owned council app. where the information by all accounts, seems to 'vapourise'. NOTE: Using the council app. means you have personally signed up to possible USA legal sanctions (read the small print)
For the record Sgt. Bottell, we can virtually guarantee minomotos will be on the Green Wheel whenever Posh play at home and on Sunday afternoons. The noisy quadbiker for example was doing handbrake stunts on the roundabout near to the Aldi shop in Stanground only yesterday Monday 6 June at around 3pm.
It needs a regular patrol and a PCSO with local knowledge. Both are sadly lacking so far. Next time a local consultation is flagged up, kindly make it properly inclusive.
Police patrols have been conducted in and around Bretton. PC Frank Martin has been working with the Bretton Parish council to work on a solution to tackle youth related anti-social behaviour around North Bretton. Agreements have now been made to install a Multi-Use Games Area in and around the Pyramid Centre and work is underway to complete the necessary measures needed to make
this happen. In the mean time we have been talking to the some of the youths and young adults in the area to reduce any issues.
We are also gathering evidence to obtain an injunction against certain individuals who are causing problems in The Cresset in the Bretton Centre after various shop workers, and centre management have reported issues involving the same group of youths.
Patrols have been conducted in and around Paston, particularly
Sheepwalk, Chadburn and Whitwell, during the month.
A mini motorbike was seized from a Paston youth who was riding the bik illegally in a local park.
PCSO Helen Buckingham has been holding anti-social behaviour surgery’s in Hampton Ct in conjunction with the Cross Keys every 3rd Thursday. If you live in the area and want help, please consider popping in to speak to Helen.
The next date is the 16/6/16. No appointment required.
We are also involved in developing a community project in the area
called The Big Local, assisting local residents and Cross Keys to get this important piece of work up and running to benefit the local community.
We have taken part in a joint investigation with Housing enforcement in respect of rogue landlords, resulting in evidence being gathered to prosecute landlords for various offences relating to housing conditions.
We have continued to visit 270 Eastfield Rd with the homeless person outreach worker to gather information about homeless people using this location to squat in. This location has now been boarded up and should not now be available to homeless persons.
A fixed penalty fine has been issued to a resident in Eastfield for fly tipping after a police led investigation into an offence seen in April.
A week of action took place in Eastfield Rd in conjunction with the city council where rubbish was cleaned, pot holes were filled, residentsspoken to, off licences inspected and parking controlled. Work was completed in the evening to combat anti-social behaviour and street drinking. Sadly this is a continuing issue and is always on our radar. Patrols have been completed in and around Central Park, resulting in several youths being made to clear up litter after causing anti-social behaviour in the Park. 2 other youths were reported for cannabis use in the Park.
High visibility patrols have been conducted in and around Gladstone St and Cromwell road to provide community reassurance following a series of disorder and unrest.
Cycle patrols have been carried out along the footpath adjacent to the river from Asda to Ferry Meadows following concerns from the public about homeless persons approaching runners and dog walkers. Details of these homeless persons were taken and a tent used by them removed and they have been
Motorbikes – off roaders, no helmets, riding on footpaths, minimotos and quad bikes riding in parks and off road.
A public consultation exercises have conducted jointly with the City Council in 3 key locations this month; the Orton’s, Park Farm area and the Welland Estate. The purpose of this was to find out from local residents who the culprits are who are causing a nuisance and danger in the area from riding
motorbikes illegally. Residents spoken to were able to provide information about who they believed was responsible for this nuisance. We are in the nprocess of visiting these named persons to prevent future offences. Sadly some of these residents don’t always listen to advice from the Police. This will therefore mean that we will need to catch the motorbike riders in the act, which is harder than it sounds to achieve, or rely on evidence being gathered
from residents who are affected by this nuisance. We have found however that many residents are happy to call the Police when they see illegal motorbike riding but are not willing to provide statements to support prosecution. Sadly this means that the persons responsible will get away with it. If you do call
on 101 (PREMIUM LINE) to report this type of nuisance, please be prepared to provide a statement if we cannot catch the riders in the act.
PS Warren Bottell
SPP Prevention and Enforcement Service
E&OE google.com/+JulianBray Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581 .