Police Patrols in Waterlees Park
I AM writing to set the record straight following recent media coverage of comments I made about police patrols in Waterlees Park.
Firstly, I would like to make it clear that my comments have been taken completely out of context. I never said that the park is a ‘no-go’ area for my officers. We will always police all parts of Wisbech and respond positively to local policing needs.
At a recent council meeting we discussed the ongoing work by the police and local authority to tackle the anti-social behaviour problem in the park. We also discussed options for CCTV and lighting that could help us identify offenders and also act as a deterrent to anyone considering anti-social behaviour there.
The park has its own security guard in place from 8pm every night. However, if we are contacted about a problem there, then of course we will provide a police response, as you would expect us to.
As many of you are aware we have been tackling ongoing problems at the park for some months. In fact anti-social behaviour at the park was adopted as a neighbourhood policing priority. This resulted in an increase in patrols and working with the local authority to establish further security options.
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There have been several incidents of criminal damage at the park, one of which caused �60,000 worth of damage and one person has been charged in connection with this incident.
My officers will continue to patrol the area and deal with anti-social behaviour as we would in any other area of Wisbech.
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If you would like to have your say about policing in your area visit the ‘My Neighbourhood’ pages on the force website – www.cambs.police.uk. Or attend your next panel meeting; dates are available on the website.
INSP ANDY SULLIVAN