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Policing priority


Crackdowns on anti-social behaviour and speeding motorists have been identified as the main areas of concern by Bingham residents.

These offences have now been set as top priorities by the Local Area Group after they were highlighted as the main issues by residents in questionnaires.

The group was set up as part of neighbourhood policing and allows local people to set priorities for the police. It is made up of representatives of organisations including the police, Neighbourhood Watch and councils.

The beat manager for Bingham, Pc John Kneale, said anti-social behaviour was top of the list. Problems included loutish behaviour in the Market Place, damage to property such as garden fences and cars, under-age drinking, and other vandalism.

Pc Kneale said anti-social behaviour and associated criminal damage was often caused by teenagers or those who came out of pubs late at night.

But he insisted that only a small percentage of youngsters caused problems.

He said: “This seems to affect most people’s quality of life in Bingham.

“Obviously we are answerable to the public and will put all of our efforts into serving them and making their quality of life better.

“A majority of anti-social behaviour and damage related to anti-social behaviour does come from in and around the Market Place and we do get complaints from people having fences bordering on to alleyways damaged.

“Then you get the drinking in and around the Market Place which leads to anti-social behaviour.

“An element turn out of pubs in the early hours and find it amusing to damage cars and fences. There have been a number of windows damaged in Eaton Place and the surrounding businesses.”

Action to be taken by the police includes using licensing officers to visit pubs to remind them of their responsibilities when serving alcohol.

The police will also increase patrols and carry out test purchase operations to see whether premises, such as shops and off-licences, are selling alcohol to under-18s.

Pc Kneale said the police would work with the community Speedwatch group to tackle speeding and would be particularly targeting Grantham Road and Nottingham Road.

He hopes to be trained to use a hand-held speed gun to advise drivers and deal with more serious offenders.

Pc Kneale said the resident questionnaires were ongoing.

He urged more people to fill in surveys, giving more specific details such as the time and location of offences.

Questionnaires are available from the Old Courthouse, library and Clive Lancaster Family Butchers in Bingham.

Pc Kneale said residents could contact him confidentially with any issues at Bingham Police Station, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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