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Police to focus on football project problems

Tuesday, 24th November 2009.

The latest area of anti-social behaviour in Haverhill to attract police attention is the new football project being developed at Chalkstone Way, near Samuel Ward college.

Each month Haverhill police's Safer Neighbourhood Team identifies three areas to target, and the football project has become one of them.

It replaces late night nuisance in Queen Street, where the improvements and re-opening of the street have helped complete a solution begun by extra patrols and CCTV.

The other two priorities remain in place for the next month because work has not yet been completed on them. They are a group of town centre youths gathering particularly around Tesco, and the aeroplane park play area on the Chalkstone estate.

Police are working with schools on the first of these and with the Chalkstone tenents and residents association CATRA on the second, where it is hoped the play area may be moved next to another one near Strasbourg Square.

Haverhill police chief, Insp Andrew Mason, said the football project had begun to attract problems with children gathering there, but more recently there had been more serious incidents.

The security guard had been assaulted and fencing had been pushed over in an attempt to steal plant from the site.

"We will work with our partners - Haverhill Rovers, the schools and others - to target these problems," he said.

"We would like the community to help us on this, and if they see or hear anything to get in touch with us."

A site meeting is likely to be arranged soon with the various partners in the project and the SNT.

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