Officers in Whitwell have new priorities to focus on following community meeting

Posted on 24th April 2015

Officers in Whitwell will be focusing on tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB), speeding vehicles and nuisance off-road vehicles following a meeting with local residents.

PCSO Phil Levers from the village’s Safer Neighbourhood team hosted a community panel meeting on Wednesday, April 15, for people to have their say on local policing issues.

Residents voiced concerns about ASB at the skate park on Bakestone Moor and PCSO Levers is vowing the tackle the issue.

He’ll be carrying out increased patrols and speaking to those responsible about the effect that their behaviour may have on the local community. Persistent offenders will be dealt with appropriately, with warning letters being sent out to parents. PCSO Levers will also be working alongside partner agencies to consider setting up diversionary activities for youngsters in the area to help deter the issue.

Speeding vehicles around Whitwell was another issue residents were worried about. In a bid to combat this, the team will be carrying out increased police patrols in the area to reassure members of the public and deter speeding motorists.

Officers will also be conducting speed checks alongside the Roads Policing Unit with fines being issued and enforcement action taken where necessary.

Another priority that has been set following the meeting is to tackle nuisance off road motorbikes and 4x4 vehicles on The Pit in Whitwell and other open public spaces.

Officers will be carrying out regular patrols and speaking to those responsible; motorists will be advised about the effect that their behaviour has on the local community and how further action will be taken where necessary. The team will also be working alongside partner organisations to find longer term solutions.

PCSO Levers said: “I am glad to have met and spoke with a lot of local residents during the meeting last week and they were able to voice concerns about issues that matter to them. 

“I’ll be working to tackle these issues over the coming months and they will be reviewed at another community panel meeting in the future.”

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