Police horses to patrol town centre streets in major crime crackdown
PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 August 2014
POLICE will be bolstering their resources this week following a number of antisocial behaviour incidents in Weston town centre.
Mounted officers and extra patrols will be deployed following several crimes around Alexandra Parade.
Inspector Sharon Bennett said Avon and Somerset Constabulary has received numerous calls from the public who are ‘fed up to the back teeth’ with about 50 youths congregating on the grass - many of them drinking alcohol.
In the past fortnight, two police officers have been assaulted and a security guard ‘racially abused’ in Alexandra Parade.
Chief Inspector Alex Cohen told the Mercury that the ‘core group’ started causing trouble when the school holidays started and is linked to the Bournville estate.
He said: “We have policed very robustly on the Bournville estate and now they have broken up and they have displaced themselves to other areas – the most notable being Alexandra Parade.”
Police are working with North Somerset Council’s CCTV department, Weston Town Centre Partnership plus alcohol and drug dependency teams to ensure the group firstly stop committing crimes in Alexandra Parade, but also do not move on to another part of the district and cause similar problems.
Last weekend some mounted officers were deployed in Weston in an attempt to curb the problem but that will be extended over the coming days.
One police officer was assaulted on July 17, while a mounted officer was punched in the face on Saturday night. Three youths were arrested and subsequently bailed.
A security guard, again in Alexandra Parade, was then racially abused by a customer who missed his taxi on Sunday morning at about 5am.
A 21-year-old was arrested in connection with the incident and also bailed pending further enquiries.
Chief Insp Cohen said: “We want to make the centre of Weston safer and a nicer place to be. We don’t want tourists and residents to feel this is an unsocial place to visit.”
Anyone who witnesses antisocial behaviour in the town centre is urged to contact the police on 101.