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SNT police priorities turn to the drugs battle

Tuesday, 9th September 2014.

The fight against drugs in Haverhill features strongly in the latest set of priorities set by the public for police to concentrate on over the next three months.

The public forum of Haverhill Safer Neighbourhood Team last night selected three new priorities from a list of eight proposed and two of the concern potential drug issues.

The voting produced a clear winner concerning drug dealing in general in Haverhill, but specifically on the Parkway estate and around The Green.

Second in the vote was anti-social behaviour around Strasbourg Square, with possible drug use involved.

The third priority was anti-social behaviour by car drivers and moped riders around the town.

This was a very generalised issue and the town's police chief, Insp Peter Ferrie, said the would begin by concentrating on particular areas which had been brought to their notice, including the town centre, Camps Road and Hollands Road.

Other issues which were suggested, and which police will also give attention to, were parking issues in Burton End and Camps Road, speeding in Shetland Road and Hollands Road, empty boarded-up buildings which give rise to anti-social behaviour, speeding through Great Wratting and shopliftng.

Earlier, residents had heard from Insp Ferrie that most categories of crime in Haverhill were down on their three-year average,with total crimes since April 1 totalling 741 compared with a three-year average of 786.

Three which showed a rise, and concerned Insp Ferrie, were domestic burgalrieds, shoplifting and drug offences.

Drug addicts were turning to shoplifting because it was easy, Insp Ferrie said. Some shops took the approach that they would write off losses to shoplifting and not report incidents, which did not help police at all.

He knew of shops targeted up to five times a day who would still not report it.

"Some shops are very good with their sevcurity and CCTV," he said, "but we are not helped by some who don't take it seriously."

The previous three priorities - drug issues in the Wortham Place, Recreation Ground and Aeroplane Park areaswere discharged after the new SNT sergeant at Haverhill, Sgt Matt Gilbert, reported degrees of success with all three.

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