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How police in Taverham and Drayton are cracking down on anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 12:48 16 July 2012

Taverham and Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team PCSO Adam Knight at the Drayton village sign.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Taverham and Drayton Safer Neighbourhood Team PCSO Adam Knight at the Drayton village sign. Photo by Simon Finlay

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The SNT area is made up of four villages to the north west of Norwich: Taverham, Drayton, Ringland and Honingham.

Taverham and Drayton are urban residential areas with the households owned privately or by housing associations. Ringland and Honingham are largely agricultural villages with privately-owned homes.

There are small, light industrial estates and independent retail premises that meet local needs.

The population demographic is largely elderly, and families with school-aged children.

Crime levels are very low, and the biggest policing challenges lie in low-level crime and anti-social behaviour that is often associated with youths and alcohol.

Complaints are generally focused on noise nuisance and inappropriate or inconsiderate use of motor vehicles by a small minority of individuals. These are actively targeted by the team which is led by Inspector Brian Sweeney.

Recent success stories for the team include a crackdown on illegal drug activity in Taverham – particularly Ashdown and Mokyll Croft areas.

The SNT has worked tirelessly to resolve issues around the influx of drugs into the area as well as general possession.

Officers carried out two warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and arrested seven people in connection with drug offences. Two have been charged and will appear at crown court in August, and two people were evicted from their premises.

The action was welcomed by residents and councillors at the Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting. They were pleased with the team’s efforts in resolving this problem. Issues previously reported have dissipated, resulting in the problem-solving plan being closed.

Other successes include action taken in relation to anti-social behaviour in Acres Way, Thorpe Marriott.

This was a long-running priority problem solving plan which has now locally been agreed as achieved (also in line with the recent SNAP representatives).

Calls about anti-social behaviour and nuisance have declined dramatically over the last three months with no reported issues of note.

Local beat manager PC Steven Coe, pictured, said: “This was another huge success for the team, together with strong partnership working and utilising diversionary tactics such as the local youth club and promotion of the skate park.

“All in all, strong community engagement has resulted in the anti-social behaviour being resolved according to local residents.” He added that targeted patrols would remain a priority for the team during the summer months and in particular the school holiday period.

The team has also had success in dealing with complaints about anti-social behaviour near Barberry Close, near Taverham High School.

Regular patrols and engagement with youngsters mean the team no longer receives calls concerning anti-social behaviour in this area.

Moving forward to the summer months, the new priority is to focus on anti-social behaviour around the general area of Longdale, Thorpe Marriott.

Over recent weeks the police have seen a steady increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour – which officers are keen to tackle through positive engagement with individuals involved, using useful police powers such as Section 59 warnings to deal with vehicle nuisance and restorative practices where appropriate to educate those involved in issues that affect residents’ quality of living.

PC Coe said: “In the main, targeted patrols will be key in the area to assess and deal with any ongoing issues. We encourage local reporting of incidents so that we can gain a true reflection of those issues that affect members of the public most.”

The local SNT and patrol officers will be promoting again the importance of crime prevention advice leading into the summer months, looking at potential local initiatives to reduce the opportunities for criminals to commit crime.

This will involve the police interacting regularly with owners of key vulnerable premises around security measures as well as giving advice to the public, for example about not leaving valuables on display in cars.

Positive reinforcement of this crime prevention message will seek to reduce the number of crimes of this type.

People living in the area can have their say at the next Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel meeting for the Taverham and Drayton area on September 26 at Ringland Village Hall, The Street, Ringland, from 7pm.

The meeting will give people the chance to help influence local policing priorities, raise any concerns or issues and hear what is being done to keep the community safe.

To contact the team call 101 or email snttaverhamdrayton@norfolk.pnn.police.uk

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