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Wednesday, September 28, 2016



Its no secret under the #conservatives failed austerity strategy, local  police budgets were slashed and resources brutally stretched, beyond breaking point. Trusted senior officers resigned, retired or moved on.

But City patrolling is sadly, in my view, going to pot. A white van parked behind the Town Hall on a disabled bay, NO BLUE BADGE and NO PARKING WARDEN either! 

(we have the registration number).. but the Town Hall hanging flower baskets this year are quite impressive.

Not a Council Enforcement Officer to be seen anywhere but there were two Council electric Leaf cars in the Mayors usual spot complete with a driver behind the wheel, near silent engine running, watching the whole thing unravel, and happily listening to the radio. 

Walking through Bridge Street yesterday (28/09/2016) at around 2pm, certainly challenging.  No less than five bikes charging through Cereste Memorial Fountain Square, at breakneck speed and  weaving their way through the pedestrians and Mums with push chairs. Sheer Madness!

Possibly the CCTV operative had dozed off, or gone to lunch at the new expensive Wagamama Noodle shop (£10plus for a plate of noodles, Raw Salad £3:75....) all sitting like cramped battery hens on hard wooden benches...

You'll spot BBC local Radio personality Paul Stainton perched on one of the benches (lunchtime Wednesday) his Producer Ben seems to have left his bike outside...). Tell him we said Hi! And in any case, a bigger plate of noodles can be had at The Brewery Tap during Noodle Madness every Monday lunchtime for around £5:50p and a pint of beer for £2:40...

The councils' so called enforcement officers, seem to be frightened of water, so not likely to jump out of their cosy electric cars to foot patrol the Park Farm Green Wheel pathway anytime soon...they are so rare one might soon be exhibited at the Peterborough Museum. An increasing number of motorbikes and helmetless riders are being raced up and down....

However a disturbing crimewave of burglaries is underway,  many have been reported in the Stanground and Park Farm neighbourhoods.  Back garden facing Windows are smashed - using objects found in gardens - to gain entry to houses through back garden windows, and anything of value stolen. 

Police are seeking to identify and question the following:
white male 

about 6ft tall 
skinny to medium build
wearing a
bright red baseball cap. ( possibly Niki style)

and a
tracksuit jacket
white stripes along the arms/sleeves.

 Has been seen in the Whittlesey Road and Park Farm area near the Green Wheel river Cycle way.

Please keep a look out and report on  999 or 101 if seen.

Generally people are urged to stay safe, keep taking and sending in photographs, and preserve video footage from your house CCTV systems.   Hopefully government and council will see sense, and substantially increase police levels in South Stanground, Park Farm and Cardea.   Mind how you go! E&OE Tel:+44 (0) 1733 345581

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