Town council requests neighbourhood beat manager to bring an end to anti social behaviour in Cranbrook

PUBLISHED: 17:06 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:06 04 October 2018

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Steps are being taken to ensure antisocial behaviour in Cranbrook is clamped down on – with the town council requesting the presence of a neighbourhood beat manager.

The authority has been dealing with several issues in Cranbrook, including anti-social driving in the town’s railway station car park and unruly behaviour at night from youths.

Cranbrook is currently under the responsibility of Ottery’s rural policing team.

A spokeswoman for Cranbrook Town Council said: “The existing local policing team do a great job and we work very well together with them. Our request is to enhance that team as Cranbrook grows. This is because, firstly, our current policing team covers a very wide area and, secondly, during the last six years Cranbrook has grown from green fields to a town with a population of over 4,000 residents.

“Like most towns of a similar size a police presence is required to ensure the safety of the residents and to deal with any misbehaviour which occurs.”

The council said a neighbourhood beat manager would ‘quickly understand’ the day-to-day issues facing residents, and have a deterrent effect on those thinking of taking part in anti-social or criminal activities.

They would also reassure the majority of our residents that help is close at hand if and when required. The spokeswoman added: “Although we experience a low level of antisocial behaviour as evidenced in our crime statistics, it is important to remember that victims are at the heart of the response to antisocial behaviour. If left unchecked, antisocial behaviour can have an overwhelming impact on its victims and sometimes the wider community.

“Our main concern is that, as the town continues to grow, the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour is likely to increase too.

“We think that now is the right time to establish measures in order to respond to any undesirable activities in an appropriate and timely manner.”

Council chairman Councillor Kevin Blakey and his deputy, Cllr Bloxham, recently met with Alison Hernandez, Devon and Cornwall Police’s Crime Commissioner.

The council has now written to the chief constable with a request for a permanent neighbourhood beat manager.

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