February 20, 2009
residents urge police to crack down on drug dealing in town
dealing in Highbridge is the top concern of residents in the town
and will be the focus for police over the next three months, it
was decided at a public meeting on Thursday evening (February
residents crowded into Morland Hall, as pictured, for the town's
first Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting, where
they were able to air their views on policing and set the priorities
for police in the town.
dealing was voted 'public enemy number one', while speeding along
Highbridge's Marine Drive will be the second priority for the
Ian Kennett said that Highbridge police "would do everything
possible to displace and disrupt drug dealers." He revealed
that 16 warrants had been served in Highbridge during the last
year, with more to follow over the coming weeks.
Beat Manager Adrian Jones urged residents to get in contact with
Highbridge police if they have suspicions of dealing. "A
lot of information comes from the public and has been very useful
in serving warrants," he said.
key problems raised by residents include anti-social behaviour,
illegal parking in Church Street, graffiti, dog fouling, littering,
criminal damage, street drinking, CCTV coverage, unlicensed car
sales and a lack of youth facilities.
Ian Kennett said that 30 per cent of all Highbridge crime is now
"detected with action taken against offenders", compared
to a rate of 16 per cent four years ago.
Kennett added: "I would like to see crime fall in Highbridge
and I believe that this can be achieved by the neighbourhood beat
team working closely with the community and our partners targeting
those individuals who commit offences."
residents voiced concerns about the police response to the recent
mass fight in Bank Street, which was first
reported on Burnham-On-Sea.com. Some residents say in Church
Street say they are afraid to leave their homes in the evening.
the role of PCSOs in the town was questioned, local resident Roger
Keen praised the Highbridge PCSO team as "being very committed
to their jobs and very visible."