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Officers working hard in bid to drive down crime

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 18, 2014

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DETAILS of a raft of measures being put in place to drive down crime across South Derbyshire have been revealed.

Derbyshire Police revealed information on a host of operations it is undertaking to take a closer look at problems raised by members of the public at safer neighbourhood meetings.

Antisocial behaviour, speeding and parking outside schools were just some of the crimes that officers were looking to crackdown on.

PCSO Dave McMillan revealed that farmers in the outlying areas of South Derbyshire had been spoken to about farm owners about mud being left on road from their vehicles.

Officers have been regularly sites in Netherseal and working with parish council chiefs in a bid to put an end to speeding and related accidents near to the sharp corner as people enter the village.

Regular speed operations have been taking place across the A444 - one catching a motorcyclist travelling at 52mph.

Patrols have been stepped up outside Linton Primary School, in Main Street, following complaints by parents.

Two fixed penalty notices have been issued and warnings have also been handed out to people parking in the wrong place during school drop-off and pick-up times.

Antisocial behaviour calls in areas such as Castle Gresley and Linton had recently dipped.

However, a particularly hotspot is a tunnel off Bridge Street, in Castle Gresley.

Residents stated that this is a problem area with gangs of youths gathering frequently.

One resident revealed that they felt intimated by youths at the bridge.

As a result, patrols have been stepped in the area in a bid to try and combat the problem.

Sergeant Jim Thompson also revealed that work was under way with officers from trading standards in a bid to clampdown on underage drinking.

He also urged people to report incidents to the force so that those committing crimes are dealt with in the correct manner and made to do restorative justice work.

Anyone who would like to report a crime is urged to call 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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