Police and Communities Together Meeting (PACT)
Monday, 8 March 2010
The 6 weekly Police and Communities Together (PACT) was held last Tuesday, 2nd March. Chaired by PC Chris Holt, the meeting followed the usual format of an update of previously agreed priorities plus a report of the crime figures for the period and finally a general discussion prior to setting the next 6 week priorities.
Action on previous priorities
There was a total of 33 crimes reported in total during the 6 week period.
9 reports of vehicle crime included the following:
In one unusual incident, a car owner lent his car keys to a friend who wanted to get something from the boot of the car. However, the friend drove off, crashed the car and drove away from the scene. He then encouraged the car owner to report the car as stolen. Both men have been charged.
Other arrests of note include a couple for driving whilst under the influence of alcohol and the execution of a couple of drugs warrants. In one of these a small amount of cannabis was found together with a large amount of cash and this is still under investigation. Information given via Crimestoppers led to one of these warrants taking place.
Work is ongoing in relation to the anti social behaviour of one individual in the town centre.
The local Police are currently asking for residents views as to what they might find useful if it was available at the front counter of the Police station. Questions were asked such as are crime prevention leaflets generally considered to be useful? Are people interested in hearing about local initiatives that are being carried out? Pictures and contact details of the local policing team could be made available together with those of other partners that work with the Police. Please contact the station if you have any views that you would like taking into account as part of this.
Although not officially open 5 days a week, there is a presence in Hebden Bridge generally from 9 until 5 Monday to Saturday whilst Todmorden Police station is closed for refurbishment. It was agreed that this had contributed greatly to public confidence and that the more visible police presence had been a real benefit. There are real worries that once Todmorden re-opens that this presence will reduce to the disadvantage of Hebden Bridge. It was suggested that people need to make their views known.
The issue of stone thefts was again raised as there seems to be a perception that this is still happening. Since the recent arrests in this respect there have been no further problems reported to the Police and it was stressed that the Police do need to be informed of any suspected theft in order for it to be investigated.
An issue was raised re the disappearance of old fashioned door knockers at Albion Terrace. This has not been reported to the Police who will go and speak to householders on Albion Terrace.
There is still a problem with cross border crime and over the next month officers are working extended voluntary hours to assist in stopping vehicles at up to 4am in the morning.
A resident highlighted that large groups of young teenagers are gathered and smoking on the playground at Victoria Road.
Different drugs available such as Ketamine and Mephadrone, are still currently legal to buy. However both of these are about to be criminalised which should limit availability and reduce problems with these particular drugs in the longer term.
Priorities for the next 6 weeks are agreed as follows:-
With thanks to those who came along and to PC Holt for chairing the meeting for us in the absence of Sgt Norbury who was on holiday.
The next meeting will take place at the Town Hall on Tuesday 13th April at 6:30pm. Please book this date and time out in your diaries and come along to take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in respect of the policing carried out in our area.
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