Determined officers praised for the latest cut in crime

PUBLISHED: 13:00 20 January 2013

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THE reduction in the level of crime across central Weston between April and December has been described as ‘encouraging’ by a senior police officer.

The number of recorded incidents in central and west wards, compared to the same period in 2011, dropped from 2,490 to 2,047.

The number of calls about antisocial behaviour rose from 1,465 to 1,599 over the same period, but police say this is because more people are reporting the incidents via the new, dedicated non-emergency 101 number.

Neighbourhood inspector for Weston, Liz Hughes, said: “The overall reduction in crime across Weston is really encouraging, especially burglary and car crime.

“It’s also worth highlighting the reduction in drugs supply offences, which is a clear reflection of how determined neighbourhood police teams and the district’s plain clothes targeting team, together with our communities, are to remove drug dealers from our streets.

“The small increases in violence and criminal damage offences in the town centre are linked to the night time economy, and we continue to work closely with licensed premises and the council to tackle this.

“Often it can take just one drunk person to cause a large number of offences, for example if a row of parked cars have their wing mirrors kicked off.

“The increase in reports of antisocial behaviour to police is actually encouraging.

“We have done a lot of work to highlight all the different nuisances that constitute antisocial behaviour and to urge people to report issues affecting their quality of life or their communities on our non-emergency 101 number.”

In August, the last of 35 people charged with drug offences following months of undercover work were sentenced.

Together, the 35 criminals received a combined total of more than 85 years behind bars.

In December, members of a Merseyside-based organised crime group were jailed for targeting Weston to deal class A drugs and, next month, members of another drugs gang are due to be sentenced.


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