Police tackling disorder problem in Swaffham, meeting is told

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Police in Swaffham are working with chip shop managers in a bid to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre, councillors have been told.

The message was delivered during an update on the town’s crime position delivered during last Wednesday’s meeting.

PCSO Michelle Thurlow, of the Swaffham Safer Neighbourhood Team, told the meeting: “We’re working with the Sea Star fish bar, where a lot of the anti-social behaviour is happening, and that has been reduced.”

Overall, a total of 66 crimes were recorded during the previous month, compared with 51 in the same period last year.

But PCSO Thurlow said that figure included three incidents of criminal damage which happened in care homes, where the offenders did not have the mental capacity to understand what they were doing.

The total also included 14 cases classed as “violence against the person”, though that also covers incidents in which victims feared they would be assaulted.

Investigations are continuing into four house burglaries, plus one raid of a shed in which a moped was stolen, while two incidents of fuel theft have also been recorded.

The list also includes 10 thefts from shops plus one from a vehicle.