Posted on 14th March 2014
Police team up to target anti-social behaviour as part of Beat Sweep action
The New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team were joined by the British Transport Police to target drug use and anti-social behaviour on train lines in the area.
The joint operation saw twelve officers patrolling New Mills Central and New Mills Newtown train stations on Thursday, March 6 from 3.30pm until 8.30pm, alongside the revenue enforcement team.
Sergeant Booth, PC Taylor, PCSO Brockett and PCSO Baker were also joined by Safer Neighbourhood officers from the Glossop area to combat issues as part of targeted Beat Sweep action.
During the operation, police patrolled the stations with a passive drugs dog and carried out stop searches to keep local residents and commuters safe.
Sergeant Phil Booth from the New Mills and Hayfield Safer Neighbourhood Team said: “We know much of the crime committed in New Mills and Hayfield is from people travelling into the town, be that via the roads or the railways.
“The drive was a great opportunity for us to work in partnership with the British Transport Police to keep commuters and local residents safe from would-be criminals.
“This operation has kick started our beat sweep action where we will be engaging with the local community, visiting schools and youth groups and combating issues affecting people living in New Mills and Hayfield.”
PC Andy Collier, of British Transport Police’s Neighbourhood Policing Team added: “It’s important to remember that the rail network is relatively crime free, however we do experience problems with anti-social behaviour and low level criminality.
“We will continue to work with our colleagues at Derbyshire police to build a clear picture of what is happening in the neighbourhoods we serve and develop lasting solutions to any problems which are highlighted.”
The Beat Sweep drive involves nine days of pro-active policing to tackle concerns affecting residents in New Mills and Hayfield.
Police action includes combating issues around speeding motorists, vehicle conditions, anti-social behaviour and community engagement to listen to the views of residents on local policing.
To speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood team call 101, the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police.
A passive drugs dog was used during the operation at New Mills train stations