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Police praise youth in Swaffham and say not all are to blame for anti-social behaviour

Youths are “not to blame” for reported anti-social behaviour in Swaffham - according to a police engagement officer.

Paula Gilluley, a police engagement officer who works with beat managers on tackling local issues in West Norfolk and Breckland, visited Swaffham Town Council’s full meeting on Wednesday.

It was here that she addressed councillors to keep them updated on policing issues in the town, such as antisocial behaviour and criminal damage.

Swaffham town centre
Swaffham town centre

It has been reported that there is a “small amount” of antisocial behaviour from youths in Swaffham - but PC Gilluley said that not all youths are to blame.

“We are working to prevent it, but I also want to highlight the positives that youths do, they are not to blame,” she said.

The work that police cadets have been carrying out in Swaffham and surrounding villages was spoken about.

Cadets have helped at events in Swaffham including the town’s Christmas tree festival and helped plant greenery in Great Cressingham.

They also have helped with policing issues, including helping an elderly person who was a victim of robbery clean up their garden.

PC Gilluley asked the town’s mayor - Stuart Bell - to consider introducing Mayor’s Cadets to Swaffham for public events.

Due to Cllr Bell coming to the end of his year serving as mayor, the request was passed onto deputy mayor Paul Darby to consider when he takes over.

Also present at the meeting on Wednesday was Mike Onassis from Neighbourhood Watch, who described a new project that has been launched to help build relationships between the police and residents.

Mr Onassis explained the scheme would see the Neighbourhood Watch regularly contact police beat managers to address issues raised by residents.

It is thanks to funding given from the National Government to support policing in towns and villages.

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