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Village sees anti-social behaviour drop

PUBLISHED: 14:19 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 10:35 12 July 2010

Pulham Market has seen reported anti-social behaviour drop by a third since it was adopted as a local policing priority.

Low level crime on the green has been the focus of attention by the Harleston Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) since concerns were raised by local residents four months ago.

Pulham Market has seen reported anti-social behaviour drop by a third since it was adopted as a local policing priority.

Low level crime on the green has been the focus of attention by the Harleston Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) since concerns were raised by local residents four months ago.

In that time, the team has increased high visibility patrols in the village, targeted anti-social behaviour hot-spots, improved engagement with young people and clamped-down on any incidents reported.

Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) patrolling the village have used 'stop and account' forms to track the activity of young people and advise them of their behaviour.

Through regular interaction, members of the team have gained their trust and been able to eliminate many of the historic anti-social behaviour problems.

County councillor for East Depwade, Fran Pitt-Pladdy said: “The increased visibility of police officers and PCSOs has certainly made a difference.”

SNT Sgt Andy Terry said: “The issue was raised by local residents in April and since that time we've been able to achieve a reduction of 33pc in anti-social behaviour related calls. I am pleased that this increased focus on the village has gone some way to reducing the number of requests that residents have made for police attendance in relation to disorderly behaviour.

The priority was raised and agreed at a Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting in April, which gave people living in the neighbourhood the chance to meet their local policing team and raise any concerns.

The next SNAP meeting will be on December 11. For further information contact Harleston SNT on 0845 456 4567 or visit their page at www.safernorfolk.co.uk.


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