Crackdown on Swaffham trouble-makers gets results

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A crackdown on anti-social behaviour on two Swaffham housing estates is reducing the problem, police have reported.

Tackling disturbances on the Smithlands and Heathlands estate was made a priority by members of the town’s Safer Neighbourhood Action Panel (SNAP) in November.

But the panel’s latest meeting, which was held at the town’s fire station on Tuesday morning, heard that only 10 calls had been received, and three offences recorded, in the area since then.

PCSO Paul Bailey, of the town’s safer neighbourhood team, told the meeting that measures including patrols and a letter drop to homes in the area had had a positive effect.

He said the operation would now focus on the Partridge Grove area, where most of the cases appeared to occur.

He added: “We have had covert operations in there but we haven’t found anyone yet.”

The panel also voted to extend efforts to reduce crime in the town centre, after officers increased their presence to deter criminals during the run-up to Christmas.

The meeting was told that 10 offences had been recorded in the town centre since the November gathering, including four cases of criminal damage, three thefts, two burglaries and one theft of a vehicle.

Two of the criminal damage cases occurred within a few days of each other at the public toilets in the Market Place last month.

And town councillor Les Scott asked whether the authority could pay for its own dedicated CCTV camera to monitor the facility, in addition to the existing roaming cameras.

Progress on both issues will be reported to the next Safer Neighbourhood panel meeting, which takes place in March.