Police in Watton to step up summer patrols in problem areas

Watton Town Focus - Loch Neaton. Picture by: Matthew Usher.

Watton Town Focus - Loch Neaton. Picture by: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The neighbourhood policing team in Watton has identified areas in the town where it will be carrying out more patrols in the coming months to reduce anti-social behaviour.

At a Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) meeting at Watton Fire Station last week, the town's PCSOs and local council representatives discussed areas where anti-social behaviour, particularly street drinking, was becoming more of a problem.

Harvey Street, in the town centre, and Loch Neaton were flagged up as troublesome areas.

PCSO Tonya Winsley said there had been occasions of people going to Loch Neaton with alcohol, despite the fact it is a designated no alcohol area.

'It is only the start of the summer season and this is going to be an area that people are going to use more for the time being. Although we have been checking on a regular basis it is probably something we need to continue to do.'

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PCSO Winsley also said regular checks would be made at the sports centre, where two arson attacks have taken place in the last nine months.

Jane Scarrott, Watton Town Council clerk, said there had been an increase of incidents of anti-social behaviour including street drinking in Harvey Street, close to the town council's offices. PCSO Winsley said regular patrols would also be taking place in this area.

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She added that there had been improvements around the shops on the Blenheim Grange estate, where residents had previously reported some incidences of anti-social behaviour.

The issue of speeding in the town was raised by representatives from Watton Town Council and by two attending residents.

Ms Scarrott said a speed monitoring sign had been purchased and was currently in place on Dereham Road, measuring the speed of drivers coming into the town. Eventually it will be turned around to measure vehicle speeds leaving the town, and will be moved to five different locations on roads into the town in the next few months.

Data will then be reported back to the local traffic management team.

Ms Scarrott said speed monitoring equipment had previously been in operation on Thetford Road, and the traffic management team were in the process of collating this data.

The next Watton SNAP meeting will be on Wednesday, July 27.

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