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Police focus on Crowland Road disturbances

Monday, 13th December 2010.

Police are to focus on the Crowland Road area of Haverhill after reports of rowdy behaviour and vandalism late at night.

The issue was made a priority for the town's Safer Neighbourhood Team at its public meeting on Thursday, where residents raised their concerns, particularly on behalf of elderly people in sheltered housing in the road.

But police are to begin by assessing the extent of the problem by knocking on doors and delivering questionnaires in the street.

Only nine members of the public turned up to the SNT's second evening public meeting, well down on the 30 who attended tyhe first one in September.

The SNT changed the meetings from monthl;y in the afternoons to quarterly in the evenings, in the hope of getting more members of the public to attend.

Sgt Sarah Bartley of Haverhill SNT described the turnout as 'disappointing', although the venue at the New Crodft fopotball complex was on the edge of town and it was a cold night.

Police are concerned that issues raised by only one or two people can turn out not to be so great a problem as they appear, which is why, although they have accepted the Crowland Road matter as a priority, they want to assess the scope of it first.

The previous priorities were anti-social behaviour around the Aeroplane Park and in Strasbourg Square, anti-social behaviour on the Recreation Ground and off-road motorbiking by youngaters near the Clements estate.

The last two were discharged. Several policing operations targeted the motor-bikers, including use of the helicopter, and motor-bikes have been seized and destroyed, and riders reported for prosecution.

Increased patrols at the Recreation Ground identified no issues.

Public consultation about the future of the Aeroplane Park play equipment found 70 per cent of residents wanted it to remain. A 'Friends of the Aeroplane Park' group has been established.

Police patrols including drugs dogs Have been deployed there and at Strasbourg Square in three specific operations.

The number of incidents has decreased and there has been positive feedback from businesses, but the Strasbourg Square part of the priority is to continue, while the Aeroplane Park part of it has been discharged.

Other issues raised during the meeting included parking for Place Farm School and fly-tipping in Clements Drive.

The assessment of Crowland Road will begin next week, but in the meantime any residents who wish to report incidents can contact the SNT direct.

"If anyone wants to let us know about any issues would be welcome," Sgt Bartley said. "There are 90-100 homes in the road for us to make contact with."

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