West Norfolk Council and Marshland police team up in ASB crackdown

POLICE in Marshland have been working with other agencies to address anti-social behaviour issues identified by residents.

Over the past eight weeks Terrington Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), working with West Norfolk Council and housing associations, have prioritised issues in Terrington St Clement and Walpole St Peter.

Action taken to deal with anti-social behaviour in Churchgate Way, Terrington, has included regular high visibility police patrols and a six-month extension of the dispersal order giving police additional powers to move on troublesome groups in the area.

In Walpole St Peter, police and housing officers have engaged with some families to address anti-social behaviour in the village and a mini-motorbike was seized after an SNT officer caught it being ridden on the road illegally. Work in the village continues.

Sgt Sam Pontin said: “There has been lots of positive work in these villages to deal with community concerns around anti-social behaviour.

“We’re particularly keen to support the new youth club launched by villagers in Terrington St Clement which will go some way to providing a long-term solution.

“Next month sees the start of the new Safer Neighbourhood Action Panels (SNAP) for Terrington, a public meeting run jointly by the police and council to give people across the neighbourhood the chance to raise any issues in their community directly.

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“We will be doing more to publicise the event nearer the time but we are urging people to come along and work with us to tackle local issues.”

At the last Community Action Group meeting for Terrington, held on Tuesday, it was agreed that anti-social behaviour in both locations would remain the two priorities for the Safer Neighbourhood Team pending the new-look SNAP - where residents can influence where resources are targeted.

The Terrington policing neighbourhood includes the following villages: Terrington St Clement, Clenchwarton, Terrington St John, Tilney All Saints, Tilney St Lawrence, Walpole Cross Keys, Walpole Highway, West Walton, Walsoken, Marshland St James, Wiggenhall St Germans, Wiggenhall St Mary and Magdalen.

The public SNAP is due to be held at Terrington Pavillion in Churchgate Way, Terrington St Clement, on Friday July 16 at 10am.

In the meantime, officers can be contacted by calling 0845 456 4567, by e-mailing sntterrington@norfolk.pnn.police.uk, or by using the police suggestion boxes found at village convenience shops and Post Offices.