WISBECH: Inspector slams public for their role in fight against drugs
EXCLUSIVE by: TOM JACKSON and ELAINE KING AS Wisbech prepares for its biggest crime busting campaign in years, the town s most senior police officer has said the public is letting his officers down in their battle against drug crime. In the past week police c
EXCLUSIVE by: TOM JACKSON and ELAINE KING
AS Wisbech prepares for its biggest crime busting campaign in years, the town's most senior police officer has said the public is letting his officers down in their battle against drug crime.
In the past week police carried out five drugs raids "but guess how many of these recent warrants were a result of information from the Wisbech public? A big fat zero," said Inspector Robin Sissons.
"Isn't it a shame that people are willing to put up with drug dealers and users in their community. The community knows so much, and yet does not tell us."
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Some people fail to tip off the police because they are scared of dealers, he said, but information can be given in a variety of ways.
"In extreme cases, wrap it around a stone and throw it through an open window at the station," he added.
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"No one has to know where the information has come from. There are so many ways to communicate these days. Crimestoppers is a simple phone call and allows you to be anonymous.
"Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators, pull an officer or PCSO to one side, or even write it on a note and leave it at the police counter."
His comments come as the biggest crime-busting campaign to hit Wisbech for several years launches on Monday.
Police, Fenland District Council, the fire service and the DVLA are just four of the agencies that will join in a week of action.
Activities will include speeding enforcement, rogue trader initiatives, truancy patrols, licensing checks, littering patrols and recruitment opportunities.
Insp Sissons said: "Although this is day-to-day business for us, sometimes it is good to focus the public on how much we do in partnership work for the community. This is a way of demonstrating what we do, but in a more visual way.
"It also allows us to tackle problems in a partnership way, so we can have a greater impact."
Throughout the week, agencies will highlight what they are doing to crack down on crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.
Half of Wisbech market place will be filled with trade stands next Friday, for an advice day.
Young people will also be involved in the campaign, with pupils from Wisbech St Mary Primary School set to join Fenland District Council's street scene officers for a litter pick in the village.
Children in Years 7, 8 and 9 have also been given the chance to create a superhero character called 'Invicta', meaning invincible or undefeated, that can tackle crime and anti-social behaviour as part of a school art competition. The winner will receive £100 of vouchers for their school.