Police focus on new priorities
OFFICERS from the four safer neighbourhood teams (SNTs) will be focusing on a number of new priorities this year.With four teams covering the patches of Lowestoft and Southwold the next wave of community tasking meetings are set to be held next month.
OFFICERS from the four safer neighbourhood teams (SNTs) will be focusing on a number of new priorities this year.
With four teams covering the patches of Lowestoft and Southwold the next wave of community tasking meetings are set to be held next month.
Suffolk's chief constable Simon Ash has praised the impact of SNTs, and looking ahead, the Lowestoft Central Team, Lowestoft North Team, Lowestoft South Team and Southwold and Halesworth Team will be analysing 'crimes, events and community feedback' at their next meetings on February 4.
With the Lowestoft central team covering the Harbour and Kirkley wards, the priorities are:
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'Targeted patrols will be carried out and fixed penalty notices will be issued where offences are identified,' a police spokesman said.
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Pedal cycling offences in London Road South.
'Our aim is to reduce offences committed by pedal cyclists riding on the pavement and without suitable lighting and improve the safety of road users and pedestrians through robust enforcement,' the spokesman said.
Anti-social begging in London Road North.
'Our intention is to eliminate begging in the whole of Central SNT area,' the spokesman said. 'We will target our patrols in the relevant areas and take positive action against people begging. Support will be considered and each individual case will be considered on its merits.'
The Lowestoft North Team, which covers the wards of Oulton, Lothingland, Gunton and Corton, Oulton Broad, Normanston and St Margarets, will be concentrating on:
Environmental crime, following complaints over fly-tipping in the rural villages and dog fouling.
'Offences detected will be dealt with by fixed penalty notices by PCSOs and environmental support officers or by means of summons if appropriate,' the spokesman said.
Criminal damage to people's property.
'The police will be allocating staff for high visibility patrols within north Lowestoft and work with staff at the local schools to help raise awareness with the pupils. This will be across the whole area, particularly in the evenings,' the spokesman said.
Licensing issues and under-age drinking.
The Lowestoft South Team, which covers Carlton Colville, Kessingland, Gisleham, Pakefield and Whitton wards and parishes, will be looking at:
Problems with speeding vehicles, dog fouling and fly-tipping in Chapel Road, Carlton Colville.
'Officers will be targeting patrols at the most appropriate times to identify those responsible for these incidents and take necessary action to prevent future problems,' a spokesman said.
The Southwold and Halesworth Team, which covers Wrentham, Southwold, Reydon, Blything and the Halesworth wards, will be focusing attention on the unauthorised use of motor vehicles and anti-social behaviour in public places, violence in a public place and pedal cycle safety.