Crackdown leads to fall in crime

A POLICE crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Pegswood has led to a 72 per cent fall in reported incidents.

Angry villagers raised concerns about nuisance behaviour at a recent Police Authority and Community meeting, with several complaints about disorder from young people playing football, using scooters and gathering in small groups.

Neighbourhood officers have since been carrying out various initiatives to try to address the issues and since April 16 the number of incidents reported has fallen dramatically.

Action has included high profile police patrols and the deployment of the mobile police station on seven occasions in the area, while youngsters have been advised about playing in the road and around cars.

Police discussed the problems at a recent visit to Pegswood First School and bike ability and scooter workshops will be taking place.

Officers have also visited those who have raised concerns.

Neighbourhood Sergeant Sharon Wilmore-Greaves said: “Officers have proactively dealt with groups of youths to prevent incidents of disorder and confronted anyone acting in an anti-social manner.

“As a result, over the past month there has been no crime of this nature in Pegswood and anti-social behaviour has reduced from 29 incidents to eight. This is a drop of 72 per cent compared to the previous month.

“We thank residents for raising issues with us and ask that they continue to contact their local neighbourhood policing team so that positive action can be taken.”

People can contact police on 101, ext 69191.