It would be criminal to waste this chance

PUBLISHED: 09:44 18 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

AT YOUR SERVICE: Police Community Support Officers seeking the views of Wisbech people this week were, from left, Tracy Smith, Sue Clarke, Lee Walker, John Kenny and Lorraine Moore. 	Picture: BRIAN PURDY 7288

AT YOUR SERVICE: Police Community Support Officers seeking the views of Wisbech people this week were, from left, Tracy Smith, Sue Clarke, Lee Walker, John Kenny and Lorraine Moore. Picture: BRIAN PURDY 7288

MORE people are being urged to have their say on Wisbech policing matters by attending the next round of neighbourhood meetings. Residents in the Waterlees and Clarkson district of the town will have their chance next Thursday when the neighbourhood team

MORE people are being urged to have their say on Wisbech policing matters by attending the next round of neighbourhood meetings.

Residents in the Waterlees and Clarkson district of the town will have their chance next Thursday when the neighbourhood team meets at the Oasis Community ­Centre, in St Michael's Avenue, at 7.30pm.

The meeting will not only give feedback on the police fight against their latest priorities, but also set three new priorities to target over the next three months.

PCSO Sue Clarke said: "We normally get an attendance of about 50 people which is good - we just want more people to come forward and have their say."

The next meeting of the Wisbech town and rural neighbourhood team will take place at Elm Primary School on January 30, at 7.30pm.

As part of the force's aim to increase community involvement in their work, PCSO Clarke and PCSO Donna Thompson spent Saturday asking people what they thought were the main problems in Wisbech.

PCSO Clarke said: "The main thing seemed to be problems with street drinking. But they also said things have improved in the town."

Feedback from both Saturday and the panel meetings has seen Sgt Dave Bax and Sgt Rachel Patterson start gathering evidence of alcohol related crimes in Wisbech over the last 12 months.

Sgt Patterson said: "We are currently tallying all the incidents of anti-social drinking to see where our hotspots are.

"After that we can see if we have a problem and, if needed, carry out direct activity in the community with our partner agencies.

"This has certainly been raised as an issue, both at community engagement days and at the town's neighbourhood panel meetings.

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