Crackdown on bad behaviour

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POLICE have launched a one month crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Crowland, and vowed to take a ‘no-nonsense’ approach to crime in the town.

Starting today, officers have pledged to get tough on anyone doing things such as swearing, fighting and littering, and will target Trinity Bridge and the Snowden Pavilion as the two priority spots.

Letters will be sent to residents and police are asking them to report incidents and give statements to help them prosecute persistent offenders.

Crowland beat manager Pc Nigel Smith said: “We get groups of youths sitting around drinking, littering and causing a general nuisance and we are just trying to put a stop to it.

“We can’t be there 24/7 so we are asking the public for their support. If they are willing to give us a statement we will take positive action and prosecute if we have enough evidence. It’s not a massive problem but we don’t want it to get any bigger.”

Shift patterns will be changed and CCTV and unmarked cars used in a bid to step up resources to tackle the problem. Officers also hope to approach youths tomorrow night to talk to them directly.

Pc Smith added: “We are letting the youths know this is what we are doing so they are fully aware of the need to behave appropriately.

“This is not a finger pointing exercise – we are trying to work between all age groups for the good of the town.”

Problems should be reported to PC Nigel Smith on 07939 887180, PC Pete Holland on 07944 776955, PC Dave Evans on 07500 920129 or PCSO Kirsty Taylor on 07944 776993.