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Police tour visits 51 towns and villages to hear resident concerns

PUBLISHED: 15:38 26 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:40 26 July 2019

Officers from the Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be visiting 51 town and villages this summer. Picture: Norfolk Police

Officers from the Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team who will be visiting 51 town and villages this summer. Picture: Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police

Community policing teams are set to undertake a 51 date tour across South Norfolk in order to hear concerns of local residents first hand.

Inspector Laura Symonds of the Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team. Picture: Norfolk PoliceInspector Laura Symonds of the Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team. Picture: Norfolk Police

Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team will visit almost every major town and village in the south of the county as they undertake the mammoth summer-long tour from August 8 to September 6.

The team want to give all of their communities a chance to engage and speak to them about any problems or issues local residents may have; or to just say hello and meet the team.

In Diss the team's current neighbourhood priorities are identified as speeding, drugs and theft from shops; in Harleston and Long Stratton they also include vehicle anti-social behaviour.

The tour is a new way of engaging with local people after previous community meetings proved to be not well attended.

At each stop officers will be providing an hour long drop-in session combining other activities such as speed enforcement and patrols of the local area.

The tour includes stop-offs in Diss, Roydon and Bressingham on August 10; Harleston, Long Stratton and Pulham St Mary on August 17; Starston, Thorpe Abbotts and Pulham Market on August 28; and Tivetshall St Mary, Rushall and Billingsford on September 4.

The South Norfolk Police beat tour will see officers combine meeting members of the public with activities such as speed enforcement and patrols of the local area. Picture: Norfolk PoliceThe South Norfolk Police beat tour will see officers combine meeting members of the public with activities such as speed enforcement and patrols of the local area. Picture: Norfolk Police

Villages including Gissing, Winfarthing, Shelfanger, Tibenham, Hardwicfk, Topcroft and Fersfield will also be paid a visit.

Inspector Laura Symonds said: "The South Norfolk policing team are currently looking at different ways to engage with our local community.

"Not many people attended our last public meeting for the District in Diss - therefore the Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton Safer Neighbourhood Team will come to you.

"I encourage you to come along and get to know your local beat manager - so you can hear what priorities we are currently focusing on; and we can listen to any concerns you may have about your local area. Engagement is an essential part of community policing - so we welcome meeting more people soon."

A full list of places and dates that will be visited can be found on the South Norfolk Police Facebook page.

You may also want to watch:

- Visit norfolk.police.uk/your-area for details of local policing and crime figures where you live

FULL LIST OF SOUTH NORFOLK POLICE TOUR

August 8: Lower Street, Gissing (8am-9am); Church Lane, Winfarthing (9.30am-10.30am); Church Road, Aslacton (11am-noon); The Green, Burston (12.30pm-1.30pm); The Street, Brockdish (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 9: Fritton Common (8am-9am); Hall Lane, Wacton (9.30am-10.30am); Pristow Green Lane, Tibenham (11am-noon); Church Walk, Shelfanger (12.30pm-1.30pm); The Street, Dickleburgh (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 10: Heywood Road, Heywood (8am-9am); Bungay Road, Scole (9.30am-10.30am); Mere's Mouth, Diss (11am-noon); High Road, Roydon (12.30pm-1.30pm); Bressingham Garden Centre (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 17: School Road, Morningthorpe (8am-9am); Station Road, Pulham St Mary (9.30am-10.30am); Market Place, Harleston (11am-noon); Swan Lane, Long Stratton (12.30pm-1.30pm); The Street, Hardwick (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 18: Norwich Road, Denton (8am-9am); The Street, Topcroft (9.30am-10.30am); School Road, Bedingham (11am-noon); The Street, Tharston (12.30pm-1.30pm); High Green, Great Moulton (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 19: Shelton Spot, Shelton (8am-9am); Millfields, Hempnall (9.30am-10.30am); The Green, Earsham (11am-noon); High Road, Wortwell (12.30pm-1.30pm); High Road, Redenhall (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 27: Norwich Road, Thelveton (8am-9am); Station Road, Tivetshall St Margaret (9.30am-10.30am); The Street, Bunwell (11am-noon); The Street, Aswellthorpe (12.30pm-1.30pm); Low Road, Forncett St Mary (2.30pm-3.30pm).

August 28: Hardwick Road, Starston (8am-9am); The Street, Thorpe Abbots (9.30am-10.30am); The Green, Pulham Market (11am-noon); High Road, Needham (12.30pm-1.30pm); Low Road, Alburgh (2.30pm-3.30pm).

September 4: Dickleburgh Road, Shimpling (9.30am-10.30am); Green Lane, Tivetshall St Mary (11am-noon); Harleston Road, Rushall (12.30pm-1.30pm); Low Road, Billingsford (2.30pm-3.30pm).

September 5: The Street, Fersfield (9.30am-10.30am); Greenways Lane, Carlton Rode (11am-noon); Norwich Road, Tacolneston (12.30pm-1.30pm); Hempnall Road, Woodton (2.30pm-3.30pm).

September 6: The Street, Hapton (9.30am-10.30am); Whipps Lane, Fundenhall (11am-noon); Low Road, Forncett St Peter (12.30pm-1.30pm).

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