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Speeding vehicles, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour are new priorities for Holmebrook and Rother officers

Posted on 16th November 2015

Safer Neighbourhood officers in Chesterfield South are vowing to tackle speeding motorists, drug dealing and anti-social behaviour (ASB) after residents raised concerns at a recent event.

Members of the Holmebrook and Rother Safer Neighbourhood Team held a community panel meeting on Tuesday, November 10 to listen to the views of local people.

Officers then used feedback from members of the public to set new policing priorities to work towards in the future.

A new priority for the team is tackling the use of drugs and drug dealing, including legal highs, in the Grangewood area. Officers will do this by building up intelligence to target those responsible through searches and warrants, making arrests and taking appropriate enforcement action. They will continue to build relationships with the community to reassure residents, gather information on possible offenders and work with the council's housing department to ensure a joint approach to tackling the issue through evictions. Residents are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity or information about the misuse of drugs to police or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

Tackling ASB across the beat patch is also on the agenda for officers. They will be increasing patrols at key times; speaking to anyone found to be committing ASB and explaining the potential consequences of their actions in the local community; taking appropriate action if necessary against anyone found to be causing a nuisance and working alongside partner agencies to set up diversionary activities for people to get involved with.

Team members will also be clamping down on speeding motorists across the area. They will be concentrating on the areas of Grangewood Road, Whitecotes Lane and Birchwood Crescent after concerns were raised at the community panel meeting. They will be conducting speed checks alongside members of the public and school youngsters; stopping motorists found to be exceeding the speed limit and speaking to them, offering advice and issuing speeding tickets and fines where appropriate.

To speak to a member of your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101. You can also report crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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